Hoisington said any COVID-19 outbreak is considered active for at least 28 days after its last positive case.
Preble County Public Health continues to work on an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Greenbriar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Eaton, where as of Wednesday, 45 positive residents and 18 employees have tested positive via a PCR test. Out of those tested positive there have been a number of hospital admissions, but currently only one person is known to still be hospitalized, Preble County Health Commissioner Erik Balster said.
Balster said the department is aware of nine residents who died who had tested positive for COVID-19 but said the department is still waiting on official confirmation regarding cause of death for those individuals.
The residents of the Greenbriar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were tested as the result of two employees testing positive. Further investigation of this outbreak will continue through both contact tracing and further (RT)-PCR testing.
“It does show just how quickly this can affect a vulnerable population,” Balster said.
He said long-term care facilities continue to be an area of focus for Preble County Public Health response.
COVID-19 can quickly spread in congregated settings where lots of people live close together, such as a nursing home, and the disease can particularly serious for people with multiple underlying conditions, which also includes nursing home residents.
Resources including additional personal protective equipment and members of the Ohio National Guard were dispatched to the facility from local and state partners.
Balster said this is a stressful and difficult time for both families and the staff at Greenbriar. He said he knows a lot of families are trying to reach their loved ones and asked people to be patient with staff.
“They are short staffed due to illness from this and they are really trying their best to keep things as healthy and safe as they can in there,” he said.
By the numbers
4,044: Ohio deaths from new coronavirus
2,195: Long-term care facility deaths due to coronavirus
10,376: Cases involving long-term care facility residents