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COVID-19 Update — October 14, 2021

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• The total number of positive cases in Ohio since the pandemic began rose to 1,467,331 on Sunday, Oct. 10, according to the Ohio Department of Health. ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff announced last week that the state has started counting reinfections as new cases, going back to Sept. 1.

• At the same time, Ohio’s daily new case numbers are continuing to show a gradual overall decline, with the seven-day average for new cases between Sunday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 9, dropping from 5,676 to 5,090 over the week.

• Ohio’s case numbers per 100,000 residents over two weeks also continued to go down, moving from 616.7, reported Sept. 30, to 560.5, reported Oct. 7. In Greene County, the per-100,000 numbers also continued a slight decline, going from 551.7 per 100,000, reported Sept. 30, to 514.4 as of Oct. 7. The county has been among the lowest fourth of Ohio’s 88 counties for two weeks running. The highest incidence in the ODH’s most recent count was reported in Coshocton County, in the central northeast portion of the state, with 1,219.4 cases per 100,000 residents. The lowest was in Geauga County, east of Cleveland, with 283, which is still nearly three times more than the definition of “high” incidence set at more than 100 cases per 100,000.

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• Also falling were the weekly totals of new infections in Greene County. Over the week of Sunday Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 9, 491 new cases were reported, down from the previous week’s total of 532. At the same time, the seven-day moving average in Greene County saw continuing gradual decline, from a high of 145.14 Sept. 1, the highest figure since December 2020, to 70.14 on Oct. 9. Over the week of Oct. 3–9, the county added 25 hospitalizations, compared to 27 the week before, and reported 18 deaths, compared to six the previous week.

• New case numbers for the 45387 ZIP code remained fairly steady last week after a rise the week before, going from a seven-day average of 13 on Saturday, Oct. 2, to 12 on Saturday, Oct. 9.

• In Yellow Springs, COVID’s presence in the public schools decreased, according to the district’s weekly report. The most recent data from the school district, released Friday, Oct. 8, showed that positive cases among students had dropped by half from the week before, from 12 to six, with one of the cases linked to school-related exposure. The number of students in quarantine also dropped by about half, from 25 to 12, with three from possible school-related exposure. No staff member had tested positive or was in quarantine for possible exposure.

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