A second long-term care facility in the county is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

Julie Lauf, director of nursing for the Henry County Health Department, updated the Henry County Board of Health Tuesday on a small outbreak at Vancrest of Holgate. According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), there were five cases in the facility within the week, as of Sept. 10.

Lauf said the health department is also continuing to work with the outbreak at Northcrest Rehab and Nursing Center.

Overall, Lauf reported the county has 274 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 37 hospitalizations, as of Tuesday afternoon. As of last Wednesday, there were 10 deaths in the county in connection with the virus.

During Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s press conference Tuesday, Henry County was listed as the fifth highest county in the state as ranked by highest occurrence of COVID-19 cases. The county’s number of cases, adjusted per 100,000 population, was 192.5 from Aug. 31-Sept. 13. During that time period, the county had 52 new cases, according to ODH.

In late August, Henry County was at the top of the rankings but dropped down to 10th earlier this month.

Lauf added the local health department is continuing to work with schools regarding the virus, including contact tracing after positive cases are confirmed and quarantining individuals determined to be close contacts, which is defined as if they were within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes.

Holgate, Napoleon and Liberty Center have each reported one positive student case since starting the school year, and Liberty Center announced Tuesday that a preschool staff member had tested positive for the virus. Lauf said the same quarantine protocol will be followed in regards to the staff case and only those who were determined to be in close contact with the individual will be quarantined, not the entire class.

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