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State reports new cases well below average

The state recorded just more 200 new cases in the latest COVID-19 numbers released Saturday by the Ohio Department of Health.

DOH added 208 cases to the statewide tally, bringing the total to 1,108,736. It was the second-fewest cases for the week and well below the seven-day and 21-day averages.

Fourteen of those new cases came from the Mahoning Valley, with Mahoning reporting eight new cases, Trumbull adding four and Columbiana adding two to its total.

By comparison, on June 19, 2020, Columbiana reported 17 new cases.

In Trumbull County, the case count stands at 16,548 with 1,214 people hospitalized and 15,885 presumed recovered.

In Mahoning County, the case count stands 22,370 with 1,065 people hospitalized and 21,547 presumed recovered.

In Columbiana County, the case count stands at 9,032 with 502 people hospitalized and 8,748 presumed recovered.

Gov. Mike DeWine lifted restrictions this week at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where visitations have been limited and residents haven’t been allowed to leave except for doctor’s appointments since March 2020.

Bob Greve, for example, was desperate for a change of scenery after being cooped up in his Cincinnati-area nursing home for most of the last year. But the administrator wouldn’t permit a visit to his son’s house because of COVID-19 concerns — even though both men are fully vaccinated.

The policy led Greve to a “breaking point,” according to his son, Mike Greve, who said his 89-year-old father called six, eight, even 10 times per day out of boredom and frustration and talked constantly about getting out.

Mike Greve said he pressed the nursing home administrator for outside forays, only to be told: “If I let you take your father out, I have to let everybody else.” Greve said the administrator was worried about residents bringing COVID-19 back with them.

The administrator did not return phone and email messages. A day after comment was sought, Greve said, the administrator called him into the office, offered to allow his father out for a visit and said the policy would be changed for everyone else, too.

Father and son spent a glorious afternoon soaking in the sunshine at Greve’s house, where his dad spotted a deer.

“He said ‘Hallelujah’ I don’t know how many times,” Greve said. “He said, ‘I don’t know how you got me out, but I’m so happy I could cry.'”

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