Richland Public Health building

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

MANSFIELD -- Four more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported Friday morning by Richland Public Health.

The four deaths, all in October, raise the county's death toll to 24 since the coronavirus pandemic reached Ohio in March.

Three of the four were in congregate living settings when they contracted COVID-19. Two of those dying were likely the Richland Correctional Institution inmates previously reported by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, though RPH officials could not confirm.

Support Our Journalism

Facts over fear:

That's been our guiding light as we navigate the uncharted waters of this pandemic. If you think we've been good stewards, consider a membership today. 100% of your support goes to our reporting efforts. Above all, thank you for taking this journey with us. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Details on the four deaths, including the date of death, according to RPH:

Oct. 2 -- 76-year-old man, not living in congregate setting, had an underlying medical condition (diabetes).

Oct. 6 -- 76-year-old man, living in congregate living setting, likely RICI inmate, unknown if he had pre-existing medical condition.

Oct. 8 -- 80-year-old man, living in congregate living setting, likely RICI inmate, unknown if he had pre-existing medical condition

Oct. 8 -- 78-year-old woman, living in congregate living setting, had several pre-existing medical conditions.

The report from RPH came one day after Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health reported that the county remained "red," or level three, in the state's color-coded Public Health Advisory System for the third straight week.

The system was launched in July as a county-by-county set of indicators to measure the spread of the virus in a community.

According to the ODH website, updated Thursday, Richland County has had 1,201 positive COVID-19 tests, 167 hospitalizations and 893 presumed recoveries, leaving about 284 active cases in the county.

According to the ODH website, there are currently five active COVID-19 among students in Richland County schools as of Thursday, including one at Clear Fork, one at Crestview, one at GOAL Digital Academy, one at Madison and one at Pioneer Career & Technology Center.

There are also four active school staff cases in the county, including one at Foundation Academy, two at Madison and one in Mansfield City Schools.

Since school began, ODH reports there have been seven cumulative cases among Richland County students and 11 among staff members.

City editor. 30-year plus journalist. Husband. Father of 3 grown sons and also a proud grandpa. Prior military journalist in U.S. Navy, Ohio Air National Guard. -- Favorite quote: "Where were you when the page was blank?"