Richland Public Health building

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

Editor's Note: This article was written in response to a question submitted through Open Source. Mansfield readers asked for details on COVID-19 deaths in Richland County.)

MANSFIELD -- Details released by Richland Public Health on Monday offered an insight into the 16 COVID-19 deaths recorded since the pandemic reached Ohio in March.

None of them are surprising, mirroring statistics seen around the state and the country.

-- The first death in the county occurred on April 8 and the most recent on Aug. 17.

-- There were two deaths in April, one in May, two in June, six in July and five thus far in August.

-- The average age of those dying is 77. The median is 79. The youngest was 55 and the oldest was 92.

--  Ten of the deaths were men. Six were women, with three of those deaths in August.

-- Ten of the deaths occurred when the victims contracted the virus while living in long-term care settings, about 63 percent.

-- One was contracted in another type of congregate setting. Mansfield Correctional Institution has reported one "probable" COVID-19 death among inmates. Also, the county's first reported death was a man who contracted the virus while working in a state prison in Marion.

-- According to the data, 15 of those dying had an underlying medical condition. In the case of the remaining death, RPH said it was not reported if there was an underlying condition.

-- Of the 16 deaths, 13 were White and three were Black. The two Black residents dying were the youngest, at ages 55 and 56.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, last updated Monday at 2 p.m., Richland County has had 674 positive tests since the pandemic began, including 12 in last seven days (Aug. 16-22).

ODH reported there have been 90 total hospitalizations in Richland County, including 16 thus far in August.

ODH reported 564 presumed recoveries, which would mean 94 active cases of COVID-19 in Richland County.

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