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COVID Update | March 24, 2022

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COVID-19 numbers continue to go down across the state and in Greene County, a week after the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, revised its public data reporting rate from daily for most of its measures, including new cases and hospitalizations, to weekly for all counts. Updated numbers are now posted Thursdays.

• The state’s number of new cases tallied from Thursday, March 10, through Thursday March 17, were 3,605, with the total number of active cases reported by the ODH on the 17th at 4,923.

• The state reported 309 new COVID-19 hospitalizations for March 10–17, with a total of 542 hospitalizations across the state as of the 17th.

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• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio was higher than the number of new hospitalizations for the second week in a row, with 396 deaths reported March 10–17. The total number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic was 37,608 as of the 17th.

• Looking at the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period, the state’s average of the counties’ latest totals was 49.4 per 100,000 residents on March 17, compared to the previous week’s 70.4.

• Like the state as a whole, Greene County also experienced a decrease in its per-100,000 total, with 36.7 as of March 17, compared to 68.7 as of March 3. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 70th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Hocking County, in southeast Ohio, was at the top with 219.4. Carroll County, in east central Ohio, was at the bottom with 11.1 cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks

• The total number of new cases in Greene County for March 10–17 was 49, and the 45387 ZIP code accounted for two of those new cases over the same period.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County for March 10–17 numbered 26, and the reported number of deaths in the county for the same period was four.

• By the recently updated measure of the Centers for Disease Control — which now factors in the number of new hospitalizations, the number of hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients and the per capita case rate — Greene County’s community level is “low.”

• In Yellow Springs, the public schools reported two positive cases as of Thursday, March 17, the same as the week before. One of the cases was a Mills Lawn Elementary School student and the other was a district staff member. Quarantining, in addition to those two, were two students from the elementary school. District schools were closed this week for spring break; classes are scheduled to resume Monday, March 28.

• Free rapid antigen tests remain available through the U.S. Post Office. Every household is eligible to order two sets of four at-home tests online, at, or by calling toll-free at 800-232-0233.

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