COVID Update | April 14, 2022
- Published: April 14, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recently recommended an additional booster dose “for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19,” according to a media statement by the CDC.
The CDC now recommends that those who are immunocompromised and/or 50 years of age or older get an additional booster shot four months after their first booster.
At the same time, recent media reports indicate that the rollout of vaccinations for children 6 months to 5 years of age is still pending, as no vaccine for that age range has yet been submitted to the FDA for approval.
Last week’s state and county data
• The number of new COVID-19 cases rose last week in Ohio and Greene County, while the number of new hospitalizations and deaths declined, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, on Thursday, April 7. With the state now posting updated numbers weekly on Thursday afternoons, the number of new cases tallied for April 1–7 was 3,828, compared to 3,103 for March 25–31.
• The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped from 297 for March 25–31 to 257 for April 1–7. The total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state also declined, with 308 as of the April 7, compared to 362 reported on March 31.
• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio fell significantly last week, with 74 deaths reported for April 1–7, compared with 249 reported the week before. The total number of deaths in the state as of April 7, since the beginning of the pandemic, was 38,116.
• 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 41.3 per 100,000 residents on April 7, compared to 37.2 the week before.
• At the same time, Greene County reported a slight decrease in its per 100,000 total, with 30.2 as of April 7, compared to 32 as of March 31. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 51st among Ohio’s 88 counties. Adams County, in southern Ohio, was at the top with 108.3. Carroll County, in east-central Ohio, was at the bottom with a single new case over two weeks among its population of 26,914 residents.
• While Greene County’s latest per capita number, which is calculated over two weeks, showed a decrease in cases, the number of new cases for the week of Apr. 1–7 rose — from 21, for March 25–31, to 33. The 45387 ZIP code reported no new cases last week, compared to one the week before.
• New hospital admissions in Greene County decreased from 26, reported for the week of March 25–31, to 22 last week. The number of reported deaths in the county also fell, from five for March 25–31 to one last week. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 511 COVID-19 deaths.
• By the latest measure from the Centers for Disease Control — which factors in the number of new hospitalizations, the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and the per capita case rate — Greene County’s community level remains “low,” as does the level in the rest of Ohio’s counties.
• In Yellow Springs, the local schools for the second week in a row reported no positive cases among students or staff and no students or staff members in quarantine.
• 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 http://www.covidtests.gov, or by calling toll-free at 800-232-0233.