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County-specific risk data released

MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL — Cots are set up at a possible COVID-19 treatment site Wednesday in San Mateo, Calif. The National Guard is currently setting up the federal cache, which includes cots and personal protective equipment needed to establish a federal medical station with capacity up to 250 beds. The Appalachian Regional Commission recently released county-specific risk data for the Ohio Valley, based in part on the availability of hospital beds. -- Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Appalachian Regional Commission has released county-specific risk data covering the region’s 420 counties in 13 states in aticipation of increasing need for services as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio’s first confirmed death from the pandemic was on March 17, 39 days after the state’s first confirmed case on Feb. 7. As of Thursday morning, the number of confirmed cases in Jefferson County stands at 11, with the number of confirmed cases in Hancock County at six.

The commission used data compiled by the technology and geographic information system company Esri, Johns Hopkins University and U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2014-2018 Community Survey Data and Definitive Healthcare to produce interactive maps to track how the virus spreads through the 13-state region and planning reports for each individual Appalachian county.

In Jefferson, Hancock, Brooke and Harrison counties, there are 532 licensed hospital beds, and 22 of those are in intensive care units, according to the ARC. According to the ARC, the at-risk number in each county includes the population that is 65 and older, households with a disability and households without vehicles.

The following is a breakdown of counties in our region:

• OHIO

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 15,424; households with a disability, 9,105; and households without a vehicle, 2,485.

Licensed hospital beds: 256.

Intensive Care Unit beds: 12.

HARRISON COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 3,715; households with a disability, 2,170; and households without a vehicle, 525.

Licensed hospital beds: 25.

Intensive Care Unit beds: 0.

BELMONT COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 15,130; households with a disability, 7,849; and households without a vehicle, 1,875.

Licensed hospital beds: 165.

Intensive Care Unit beds: 0.

COLUMBIANA COUNTY

Identified a risk: Population 65 and older, 21,463; households with a disability, 12,954; and households without a vehicle, 2,812.

Licensed hospital beds: 331.

Intensive care unit beds: 20

• WEST VIRGINIA

HANCOCK COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 6,982; households with a disability, 3,794; households without a vehicle, 1,134.

Licensed hospital beds: 0

Intensive care beds: 0

BROOKE COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 5,702; households with a disability, 3,020; households without a vehicle, 803.

Licensed hospital beds: 251

Intensive care beds: 10

OHIO COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 10,039; households with a disability, 5,206; households without a vehicle, 2,044.

Licensed hospital beds: 432

ICU beds: 22

• PENNSYLVANIA

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 252,860; households with a disability, 131,603; households without a vehicle, 71,152.

Licensed hospital beds: 7,240

Intensive care beds: 443

BEAVER COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 37,466; households with a disability, 20,771; households without a vehicle, 6,165.

Licensed hospital beds: 320

Intensive care beds: 20

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Identified at risk: Population 65 and older, 45,455; households with a disability, 23,812; households without a vehicle, 6397.

Licensed hospital beds: 578

Intensive care beds: 16

(Janelle Patterson and Evan Bevins of the Marietta Times and Executive Editor Ross Gallabrese contributed to this report.)

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