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No Confirmed Cases, 3 In Quarantine

SOLON, OH — Three Solon Schools students are quarantining after possibly being exposed to COVID-19.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff currently. However, three students are quarantining because they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days.

The Solon Schools have not had a positive case of COVID-19 among students since Sept. 8. There was also a single positive case among staffers on Sept. 15.

Families should check their student for the following symptoms prior to sending them to school:

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4°F

  • New onset and/or worsening cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Excessive fatigue

  • Headache

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

“We understand that some symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to other more typical illnesses such as colds or the flu and allergies. We urge you to contact your child’s health care provider if you ever have questions or are uncertain about whether a symptom is related to a current condition, such as allergies, or is a possible sign of something more serious,” the district said in a statement on its website.

This article originally appeared on the Solon Patch

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Confirmed Coronavirus Case Total In Baltimore County At 19,043

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — As of Monday, Baltimore County has a total of 19,043 positive new coronavirus cases, according to the Baltimore County Health Department, and 622 deaths. The state has 116,646 confirmed cases and 3,696 deaths total, reports the Maryland Department of Health. More than 14,884 people have been hospitalized.

The number of confirmed cases in Baltimore County nursing homes stands at 717. The number of death cases in Baltimore County nursing homes is at 104.

The following zip codes have the highest confirmed case counts in Baltimore County as of Oct. 12:

  • 21222 with 1,411 cases

  • 21234 with 1,364 cases

  • 21117 with 1,258 cases

  • 21228 with 1,297 cases

  • 21220 with 1,114 cases

The county health department has its own website created to monitor the situation, broken down by new cases per day and other data.

The CDC advises doing the following to stop the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If this is not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Keep 6 feet of space between people.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

This article originally appeared on the Catonsville Patch

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Washington Records 90,000th Confirmed Coronavirus Case

WASHINGTON — As of the latest update from the Washington State Department of Health, Washington has had 90,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

The DOH’s update Monday afternoon added 402 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 90,276 infected and 2,158 dead due to the pandemic thus far.

Deaths were reported in Grant, King, Lewis, Mason, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.

The new numbers mean that, across the state, 78 out of every 100,000 Washingtonians have tested positive for the virus over the past two weeks. The state still has a long way to meet its goal of getting that rate to under 25 per 100,000 over two weeks.

Meanwhile, 1,951,407 coronavirus tests have been performed in Washington state. Over the past week, 3.3 percent of tests have come back positive, up from the same time last week. The state’s goal there is to test widely enough that that number falls below 2 percent.

The state is, however, succeeding on two of its key metrics: less than 80 percent of hospital beds are occupied, and less than 10 percent of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

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Inslee: Trumps’ coronavirus message “reckless” and “dangerous”

President Trump’s recent stint in the hospital for coronavirus treatment, and his subsequent recovery and return to the White House Monday evening have Republicans and the Trump Administration running a victory lap, and claiming that response to the pandemic has been overblown— a message that health officials categorically deny.

Monday Washington Gov. Jay Inslee weighed in, condemning Trump’s continued attempts to downplay the severity of the pandemic:

“The president’s reckless comments reflect exactly the same nonsense thinking behind his failed pandemic response that increased the risk of COVID, a virus that has caused 210,000 deaths in the United States already — and hundreds more each day. He hasn’t learned a thing. Since he tested positive for COVID, more than 2,000 additional Americans have died and downplaying this danger is the best he can do?”

Inslee’s statement was echoed by a similar release from Washington’s top health official, Secretary of Health John Wiesman:

“The president’s tweet is highly irresponsible and makes every public health official’s job that much more difficult. COVID-19 is a serious disease that is easily spread. We shouldn’t fear it; we should protect ourselves from it. Wear your mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. These are the basic facts.”

Read more: Inslee: Trump ‘Hasn’t Learned A Thing’ After Catching Coronavirus

UW Medicine Studies COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects

UW Medicine is helping to lead a nationwide study to discover more about the long-term impacts of the coronavirus, specifically why some patients experience extremely prolonged symptoms.

Over recent months there have been a growing number of reports of patients who have recovered from the virus, only to return to the hospital later with similar symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.

“We want to understand the long-term effects of

118 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Iredell In Less Than A Week

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose to 3,182 Thursday, an increase of 118 new cases confirmed in the county in less than a week, according to Iredell County Health Department data.

As of Sept. 25, Iredell County reported 3,064 cases. Almost half of the new cases reported so far this week — at least 57 —were confirmed in southern Iredell County since Friday.

Health officials also recorded a new coronavirus death this week, raising the county’s death toll to 41. At least 10 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness as of Thursday afternoon. Out of the total tally of known cases in the county, 311 residents remained isolated in their homes and an estimated 2,820 cases were assumed recovered.

The number of known coronavirus cases in North Carolina rose to 212,909 total cases Oct. 1. The tally reflected a day-over-day increase of 2,277 known cases —the largest one-day jump reported since July 30.

The state’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 47 Thursday, increasing the number of lives lost to COVID-19 in North Carolina to 3,579.

SEE ALSO: COVID-19 Testing In Iredell: Where To Get A Free Test In October

Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North, Central and South. Here’s a breakdown of where cases have been confirmed as of 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1:

North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)

Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)

South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)

Earlier this week, state public health officials announced that nursing home and long term care facility patients in North Carolina will now be allowed to have visitors indoors. Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask, according to the new guidelines. The new visitation rules will apply to facilities that haven’t had any positive COVID-19 cases in a 14-day span in counties where the percent positive rate is less than 10 percent.

As of Thursday, at least 235 nursing homes and 97 residential care facilities in North Carolina reported a COVID-19 outbreak, including facilities in Iredell County, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Here’s a list of the Iredell County facilities that reported positive COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 29, according to DHHS:

  • Accordius Health at Statesville — 3 staff members and 2 residents tested positive

  • Autumn Care of Statesville — 2 staff members tested positive

  • Maple Leaf Health Care — 38 staff and 76 residents tested positive, 9 resident deaths

  • Brookdale Peachtree Assisted Living — 4 staff and 9 residents tested positive, 4 resident deaths

  • Brookdale Peachtree Memory Care — 2 staff and 2 residents tested positive, 1 resident death

Globally, more than 34 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday afternoon. In the United States, more than 7.2 million people have been infected and more than