VAN WERT – On Thursday, the Van Wert County General Health District reported six new COVID-19 deaths for Van Wert County, bringing Van Wert’s total COVID-19-related death toll to 12.

“On Nov. 19, 2020, the Van Wert County General Health District reports six additional deaths of county residents who tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 12 deaths,” said Britt Menchhofer, Environmental Health Director. “Our department would like to express our sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.”

In addition, the health department is reporting an increase of 242 confirmed cases since Nov. 12, 2020, for a total of 811 cases. Of those 811 cases, 497 are considered recovered meaning that there are 302 active cases. Van Wert has 11 current hospitalizations.

Due to the increase in the number of confirmed cases, the health department is not releasing age ranges at this time. However, age ranges can be viewed on the Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard. Please note, the data shows both presumed and confirmed COVID-19 ages together.

Also on Thursday, Van Wert County moved to a Level 3 Red on the Ohio Public Health Advisory meeting four of the seven indicators on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System including new cases per capita, non-congregate cases, outpatient visits, and new cases increase.

Van Wert has also moved to fifth in the state for highest COVID-19 incidence. From Nov. 4-17, Van Wert’s cases per capita was 990.27 cases out of 100,000 people. This means that nearly one in 100 people are testing positive. Only four other counties are seeing a higher spread than Van Wert: Mercer, Putnam, Lake and Allen

For daily updates visit the dashboard on the site and click on or select Van Wert County. When the county is selected, the dashboard shows total number of cases, which includes probable cases. To see the total confirmed cases, you have to select confirmed cases.