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COVID-19 Update — October 21, 2021

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• A decline over the past several weeks in COVID-19 numbers for Ohio, Greene County and the 45387 ZIP code suggest that an anticipated mid-October peak may have been reached earlier than expected.

• Ohio’s daily new case numbers have continued to show an overall gradual decline this month, with the seven-day average for new cases from Sunday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 16, dropping from 5,090 to 4,604 over the week.

• Ohio’s case numbers per 100,000 residents also have continued to go down, moving from an average 560.5 cases, as reported Oct. 7, to 507.4 cases, reported Oct. 14. In Greene County, the per 100,000 numbers also continued a decline, going from 514.4 per 100,000, as reported Oct. 7, to 461.1, as of Oct. 14. Greene County has been among the lowest fourth of Ohio’s 88 counties for three weeks running. The highest incidence in the ODH’s most recent count was reported in Guernsey County, in the central east portion of the state, with 1,124.1 cases per 100,000 residents. Despite the state’s gradual drop in the average number of cases, five counties are listed with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents. Two of the counties, Muskingum and Coshocton, border Guernsey. The other two, Jackson and Gallia, are in the south central part of the state. The lowest average case number was in Holmes County, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, with 313.9 per 100,000, which is still more than three times the definition of “high” incidence set at 100 or more cases per 100,000.

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• Also continuing to fall were the weekly totals of new infections in Greene County. Over the week of Sunday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 16, 415 new cases were reported, down from the previous week’s total of 491. At the same time, the seven-day moving average in Greene County saw further decline, from 70.14 on Oct. 9 to 59.29 on Oct. 16. New COVID-related hospitalizations in the county also declined over the week of Oct. 10–16, with 13 new admissions, compared to 25 the week before. The reported number of deaths in the county for the same period was 12, compared to 18 the previous week.

• New case numbers for the 45387 ZIP code also fell, going from a seven-day running average of 12 on Saturday, Oct. 9, to four on Oct. 16.

• In Yellow Springs, COVID no longer had a presence in the public schools, according to the district’s latest weekly report. The most recent data from the school district, released Friday, Oct. 15, showed zero positive cases compared to three the week before. The number of students in quarantine dropped to three, compared to 12 the week before, with none related to in-school exposure. No staff member had tested positive or was in quarantine for possible exposure as of the latest report.

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