coronavirus

During the pandemic, the city of Shelby reports a total of 29 COVID-19 deaths as of Feb. 23.

SHELBY — The city of Shelby on Tuesday reported its 29th coronavirus death of the pandemic and the first since Feb. 5.

The announcement was made in an email update from Shelby Mayor Steve Schag.

No additional information was provided about the latest death of further circumstances.

As of Feb. 23, the Shelby City Health Department was monitoring a total of 11 active cases with one person hospitalized, Schag reported.

Other data provided by Schag showed:

* 13 new cases and 14 recovered/resolved cases between Feb. 17 and Feb. 22

* 760 who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March 2020

* That of the 760 cumulative number, 720 individuals have attained recovered/resolved status

* That of the 29 COVID-19 deaths in Shelby, five are from the general population and 24 from long-term care

In addition to Feb. 23, 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, Dec. 30, Jan. 4 ( three COVID-19 deaths), Jan. 6 (five deaths), Jan. 8 (two deaths), Jan. 15 (three), Jan. 19 (two), Jan. 22, Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 (two).

Schag noted that Richland County remains under a level 3, red status in Ohio's color-coded health advisory system.

"Red" represents very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.

“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 wrote.

He also noted that the Shelby City Health Department is pleased to be recognized as a COVID-19 vaccine provider in the area. Those 65 and older can contact the health department at 419-342-5226 to place their name on a waiting list and begin the appointment process.

“Please understand that all providers are facing supply-demand issues regarding the number of vaccines that are available,” Schag said. “Your patience is much appreciated.”

Vaccine-provider locations and contact information around the state can be found at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

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