Sheridan County has added 13 new lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,322 lab confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
The county also added five probable cases of the virus to the 1,320 probable cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.
Currently there are 97 active cases of the virus in the Sheridan County Community.
There are 17 patients currently hospitalized battling COVID-19 and Sheridan County has experienced the deaths of 55 residents due to the virus.
During a leadership meeting, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Mike McCafferty told the public that although he is pleased to see the decline in active case numbers and hospitalizations, the degree of severity of the illness of those hospitalized continues to be a concerning factor.
McCafferty also acknowledged the sharp decrease in testing that was being performed at the hospital. Not long ago, the average number of those tested per day just at SMH was in the 70’s. That number has fallen to an average of 40 tests per day.
The hospital’s ability to transfer patients continues to remain on a case by case basis. Sheridan County’s active case count has not been this low since the month of July, according to McCafferty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list Sheridan County’s level of community transmission as HIGH.
More COVID-19 information is available at www.sheridancounty.com/covid-19/.