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COVID Update | April 21, 2022

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The number of new COVID-19 cases rose last week in Ohio, but dropped in Greene County, according to the latest weekly data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, April 14. The number of new cases in the state, tallied for April 8–16, was 4,808, compared to 3,828 for April 1–7.

• Ohio’s number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations also rose, from 257 for April 1–7 to 317 last week. The total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state increased slightly as well, with 314 as of April 14, compared to 308 reported on April 7.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio also increased, with 150 deaths reported for April 8–16, compared with 74 reported the week before. The total number of deaths in the state as of April 14, since the beginning of the pandemic, was 38,266.

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• 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 56.6 per 100,000 residents on April 14, compared to 41.3 the week before.

• Greene County also reported an increase in its per 100,000 total, with 37.3 as of April 14, compared to 30.2 on April 7. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 50th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Ashtabula County, in northeastern Ohio, was at the top with 102.8. Morgan County, in the southeastern part of the state, was at the bottom with a single case out of a population of 14,508.

• While Greene County’s two-week per-capita total rose, the number of new cases in the county fell for the week of April 8–16 — from 33 for the week of Apr. 1–7, to 21. The 45387 ZIP code officially reported no new cases last week, for the second week in a row. However, local wastewater tests (see story page 1) and individual reports of positive home test results indicate that COVID-19 cases are still present within the local ZIP code.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County stayed the same for a second week at 22, and the number of new coronavirus-related deaths in the county dropped last week to zero, following one reported death the week before. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 511 COVID-19 deaths.

• By the CDC’s current measure — which factors in the number of new area hospitalizations, the number of area hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and the county’s per capita case rate — Greene County’s community level remains “low.”

• In Yellow Springs, the local schools reported one positive case among students at the middle/high school and one student in quarantine from Mills Lawn Elementary for the school week that ended Friday, April 15.

• 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.

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