Coronavirus: Miami County nursing homes: 3 deaths, 22 cases

Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes speaks during a joint press conference with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County on the coronavirus situation on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Dayton. In back is Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
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Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes speaks during a joint press conference with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County on the coronavirus situation on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Dayton. In back is Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

There are now 12 confirmed coronavirus cases in Montgomery County, and 23 in Miami County where a third patient at a Troy nursing home has died in connection to a COVID-19 cluster, health officials from both counties announced during a Monday afternoon joint press conference.

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The third patient of Koester Pavilion nursing home in Troy to die was 88-year-old Alan Shump, Miami County Coroner William Ginn said. Shump, of Troy, died Sunday and previously tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dennis Propes, health commissioner of Miami County Public Health, said results are pending for the other two Koester Pavilion patients who died. They are 94-year-old Earl Bolinger who died Thursday and 83-year-old Glenn Winters who died Friday.

There are 17 positive coronavirus cases associated with Koester Pavilion, including 13 residents. Four staff members are positive, with one hospitalized, he said. Another staff member has been treated and released from a local hospital.

There are five cases at SpringMeade Health Center nursing home in Tipp City, including four residents and one staff member who also worked at Koester Pavilion.

There are 31 additional people being monitored at Koester Pavilion and two more at SpringMeade, Propes said.

An additional COVID-19 case in Miami County is not connected to the cluster. The 56-year-old man had a history of travel outside the United States and is isolated at home.

Propes said it is not clear how the illness got into the nursing home but has said it was due to community spread.

“Right now our focus is on heading it off and making sure it doesn’t spread further,” he said.

In Montgomery County, the 12 confirmed cases involve six men and six women, said Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.

“One of those 12 individuals is hospitalized,” Cooper said.

The women are ages 25 to 71 and the men are ages 19 to 68.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said evictions are suspended for several weeks during the crisis.

“Your landlord cannot make you move out during this emergency,” Whaley said.

“Do not move out unless a law enforcement officer is present.”

However, she said those who can pay rent should continue to pay because they eventually will be able to be evicted.

A stay-at-home order for Ohio goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight through 11:59 p.m. April 6.

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Whaley urged businesses that are non-essential to follow the governor’s order, which will be enforced.

Cooper said Public Health is in the process of contacting those connected to the confirmed positive cases to make sure they self-isolate.

“Obviously we have more COVID-19 cases than those 12. That’s just what we are made aware of. Those numbers will continue to elevate rapidly,” Cooper said.

Also, based on the call volume of questions regarding the novel coronavirus, Public Health has expanded hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The number to call is 937-225-6217.

Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge said unemployment claims have skyrocketed across the state. She urged all who have lost their jobs due to the shutdown to apply online for unemployment benefits.

The job center in Dayton is closed to walk-ins, but appointments can be made, she said.

Also speaking was Sarah Hackenbracht, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

She said hospitals are conserving personal protective equipment, such as gowns, surgical masks and gloves.

“There may come a time when that resupply isn’t here when we need it,” she said.

On Tuesday, more information will be released on how sewing groups and circles can help with making homemade masks or repairing masks when the elastic has gone bad.