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Defendant Jody Hall, right, was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court during a hearing in January with his attorney, Adam Carro of Strongsville. Masks were required in most county buildings at the time, including county courthouses.

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County commissioners have no plans at this time to restore a mask wearing requirement at county buildings, despite Cuyahoga County having done so recently.

The office of Cuyahoga County’s executive cited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placing Cuyahoga County in the “high” category for COVID-19 as at the reason for returning to a mask policy effective Aug. 1. The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in counties in the “high” range regardless of vaccination status.

According to the CDC, the “high” category is based on the following data: new hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the last seven days; percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19 in the last seven days; and new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days.

Cuyahoga County current numbers are 237 cases per day per 100,000 population; 15.1 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population; and 3.9 percent of staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are among the 66 counties in Ohio with high spread. Only 22 counties have medium or low spread, according to the CDC.

By comparison, those numbers for Mahoning County are 267.18 cases per day per 100,000 population; 23.3 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population; and 4.4 percent of staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Trumbull County’s numbers are 270.74 cases per day per 100,000 population; 23.3 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population; and 4.4 percent of staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Columbiana County’s numbers are 204.16 cases per day per 100,000 population; 11.8 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population; and 3.5 percent of staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

NO DISCUSSION

When asked about whether the commissioners had discussed returning to a mask requirement in county buildings, Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said they had not talked about it and no one had raised the issue with them.

“But if anyone feels they want to wear a mask, go ahead. Do whatever you feel comfortable with,” she said.

Ryan Tekac, Mahoning County health commissioner, said Tuesday the commissioners had not asked him whether he thought a renewed mask requirement is needed.

Tekac said if the county gets to a point where a renewed mask mandate might be needed, it would involve a conversation with Dr. James Kravec, the county health department’s medical director. “We would want to see what the hospitals are like. If we are seeing more severity in the cases, we would start having those conversations.”

Tekac said what he sees right now is “general spread.”

PERSONAL STORY

He has some personal experience with COVID-19 having contracted it in late June.

“I don’t even know where I got it from, and I try to be as careful as possible because of my 1-year-old at home. But I go to a lot of meetings and can’t really pinpoint where I got it.”

Tekac said a lot of others who have contracted COVID-19 recently also “can’t say where they got it from.”

He said the statistics show that is on the increase.

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Source: https://www.vindy.com/news/local-news/2022/08/no-mask-mandate-for-now/

Defendant Jody Hall, right, was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court during a hearing in January with his attorney, Adam Carro of Strongsville. Masks were required in most county buildings at the time, including county courthouses.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County commissioners have no plans at this time to restore a mask wearing requirement at county buildings, despite Cuyahoga County having done so recently.

The office of Cuyahoga County’s executive cited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placing Cuyahoga County in the “high” category for …….

Defendant Jody Hall, right, was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court during a hearing in January with his attorney, Adam Carro of Strongsville. Masks were required in most county buildings at the time, including county courthouses.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County commissioners have no plans at this time to restore a mask wearing requirement at county buildings, despite Cuyahoga County having done so recently.

The office of Cuyahoga County’s executive cited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placing Cuyahoga County in the “high” category for …….

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