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COVID Update | Feb. 10, 2022

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After reaching what health officials called “staggeringly high” numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in January, Ohio continues to experience a decrease in cases overall, though numbers remain high and deaths have increased.

“We’re feeling hopeful, as we begin February, that better days are ahead,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said during a press conference streamed online Friday, Feb. 4. “But remember, we are still a very long way from having case levels like those we were seeing in the late spring through the early fall,” he added.

• The state’s daily number of new cases tallied during the week of Sunday, Jan. 30, through Saturday, Feb. 5, fluctuated from 6,916 reported on the 30th, to the week’s high of 8,601 on Feb. 2, to 2,810 on the 5th. Vanderhoff cautioned that the winter storm at the end of the week may have affected reporting and resulted in lower than accurate numbers. The seven-day running average offers a more consistent snapshot of the current situation by averaging newly reported daily cases from seven days in a row. That average decreased daily from 10,010, on Jan. 30, to 5,532 on Feb. 5, a dramatic drop from the 20,000-plus numbers two weeks before.

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• The state reported 1,735 new COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week of Jan. 30–Feb. 5, compared to 2,235 new admissions the week before. Total statewide hospitalizations have declined from a high of 6,749 on Jan. 10 to 3,054 as of Monday, Feb. 7.

• The number of COVID-related deaths during the same week reached another new weekly high, however, at 1,146 for the week of Jan. 30–Feb. 5, compared with 1,084 the week before. The total number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic was 34,217 at week’s end.

• The two-week average of new case numbers per 100,000 residents, released by the state each Thursday, reports a continuing decline from the 2,000-plus average in mid-January. The latest tabulation, released Feb. 3, was 949.5, compared with 1,582 the week before and 2,154.8 the week before that.

• Greene County also experienced a decrease in its per 100,000 average, with 1,273.8 as of Feb. 3, compared with 2,142.2 as of Jan. 27, and 2,543.6 as of Jan. 20. Greene County’s latest figures put it at 38th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Lawrence County, in southern Ohio, was at the top at 2,845.5. Eight counties reported case averages of more than 2,000 per 100,000 residents, while 26 counties were below 1,000. Cuyahoga County, which for several weeks at the beginning of the new year was at the top, stayed at the bottom for the second week in a row with 268.5, compared with 466.9 the week before. An average of 100 or more cases per 100,000 is considered a high incidence rate, so even though Greene County is seeing a decline in cases, it is still more than 10 times over the “high” measure.

• The total number of new cases in Greene County for the week of Jan. 30–Feb. 5 was 886, compared with 1,415 the week before and 2,673 the week before that. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 16 of the new cases this past week, compared to 31 the week before and 72 the week before that.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County rose, however, with 40 new admissions for the week of Jan. 30–Feb. 5, compared with 15 the week before and 32 the week before that. The reported number of deaths in the county last week was 11, compared to seven the week before and 19 the week prior.

• In Yellow Springs, the public schools reported 6 positive cases as of Friday, Feb. 4, the same number as the week before. Three of the cases were among middle/high school students, two were Mills Lawn students and one was among district staff. An additional 10 students were in quarantine, with three students from the middle/high school and seven from Mills Lawn.

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