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COVID Update | Feb. 24, 2022

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COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to decline across Ohio from the mid-January peak fueled by the Omicron variant.

• The state’s number of new cases tallied during the week of Sunday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 19, fluctuated from 1,760 reported on the 13th, to the week’s high of 2,433 on Feb. 16, to 1,599 on the 19th. 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 3,173 on Feb. 13 to 1,908 on Feb. 19. Three weeks before, the daily numbers were over 10,000.

• The state reported 968 new COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week of Feb. 13–19, compared to 1,458 the week before. Total statewide hospitalizations have continued to decline from a high of 6,749 on Jan. 10 to 1,513 as of Monday, Feb. 21.

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• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio continued its downward trend for a second week, totaling 488 from Feb. 13–19, compared with 788 the previous week. The total number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic was 35,493 as of Feb. 19.

• Looking at the two-week average of new case numbers per 100,000 residents, released each Thursday, the state reports a continuing decline from the 2,000-plus average in mid-January. The latest tabulation, released Feb. 17, was 256 per 100,000, a little over half of the previous week’s 481 average.

• Greene County also experienced a decrease in its per 100,000 average, with 318.5 as of Feb. 17, compared with 661.8 as of Feb. 10. Greene County’s latest numbers put it at 40th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Lawrence County, in southern Ohio, was at the top for the third week in a row with 1,217.6. Outside of Lawrence County, Gallia County was the only other Ohio county to report case averages of more than 1,000 per 100,000 residents. Cuyahoga County, which for several weeks at the beginning of the new year was at the top, stayed at the bottom for the fourth week in a row with 97.5, compared with 157 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 three times over the “high” mark.

• The total number of new cases in Greene County for the week of Feb. 13–19 was 274, compared with 408 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for four of the new cases this past week, compared with two the week before and 16 the week before that.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County rose over the week of Feb. 13–19, numbering 22, compared with 17 new admissions the week before. The reported number of deaths in the county last week was 3, compared to 14 the week before.

• In Yellow Springs, the public schools reported four positive cases as of Friday, Feb. 19, up from two cases the week before. Two of the most recent cases were among Mills Lawn Elementary School students, with the other two being among district staff. All four of the students and staff were in quarantine.

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