Richland Public Health building

Richland Public Health is located at 555 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- Richland County has recorded its 18th death due to COVID-19, according to public health officials.

The latest fatality was a 74-year-old White female who died on Aug. 31, according to Richland Public Health Commissioner Sarah Humphrey.

The woman was not living in a congregate setting/care facility when she contracted the virus. She did have an underlying health condition, according to Humphrey.

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The death was sixth reported in August, according to RPH. Eleven of the local deaths since the pandemic reached Ohio in March have involved long-term care settings.

At least 17 of the 18 had an underlying medical condition that made them more vulnerable to the virus. In the case of the remaining death, RPH said it was not reported if there was an underlying condition.

As of Friday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health website listed Richland County with 714 total positive COVID-19 tests. The county has seen 96 residents hospitalized and has seen 644 presumed recoveries, according to ODH.

Richland County was rated Thursday as "yellow," or level one, in the state's Public Health Advisory System, the lowest level for the third straight week.

ODH reported 1,332 new cases across the state in the last 24 hours, above the 21-day average of 1,042. Ohio has reported 128,444 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The state has done 2,342,906 COVID-19 tests with an overall positive rate of 5.5 percent. The positive rate since August has dropped to between 4 and 4.5 percent.

The state reported 22 deaths due to the virus since Thursday, which is the same as the 21-day average. There have been 4,248 COVID-19 deaths since March, ODH said. Among the deaths, 91 percent have been residents 60 or older with 77 percent being older than 70.

There were 68 new statewide hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, below the 21-day average of 76. There were also 19 new ICU admissions, six above the 21-day average.

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