Coronavirus

The city of Shelby reported three more coronavirus deaths on Jan. 4, bringing the total to 12 since the pandemic's start last March.

SHELBY -- Shelby recorded its worst day of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Jan. 4, reporting three additional deaths, the highest single-day fatality total for the city.
 
The deaths are the 10th, 11th and 12th that Shelby has reported since the coronavirus crisis began this past March. Eleven of Shelby's 12 deaths have occurred since Dec. 2.
 
Information on the three latest deaths was included in an email update from Shelby Mayor Steve Schag, citing data from the Shelby City Health Department.
 
Names, ages and other circumstances involving the deaths were not released. Shelby's previous coronavirus deaths were reported on Sept. 29, Dec. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 12, Dec. 16, Dec. 26, Dec. 29 when two were reported and Dec. 30.
 
The department on Jan. 4, Schag also said, was monitoring:
 
* 87 active cases (41 general population and 46 long-term care facility population) 
 
* 82 individuals in quarantine (40 general population and 42 long-term care facility)
 
* five hospitalized patients (one case from general population and four cases from long-term care facility population).
 
Schag said the city Health Department also was reporting over the previous 24 hours:
 
* four new COVID-19 cases (three new cases from the general population and one new case from a long-term care facility population) 
 
* one recovered/resolved case over the previous 24 hours.
 
"The department has documented a total of 584 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March," Schag wrote. "Of that cumulative number, 485 individuals have attained recovered/resolved status."
 
"Richland County is now under a Level 3, red status and citizens are strongly urged to stay at home when possible and to follow all COVID-19 protocols and Health Department guidelines, including: frequent and thorough hand washing, careful sanitization, strict physical/social distancing (whether inside or outside of the home), and the consistent wearing of face coverings," Schag reminded residents.
 

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