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COVID Update | April 28, 2022

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The number of new COVID-19 cases rose last week in Ohio and Greene County, according to the latest weekly data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, April 21. The number of new cases in the state, tallied for April 15–21 was 6,890 compared to 4,808 for April 8–14.

• Ohio’s number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations also rose, from 317 for the week of April 8–14 to 428 for April 15–21. Some patient stays were apparently short term, however, as the total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state on April 21 (311) was fewer than the number of new admissions tallied that week.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio fell, with 94 deaths reported for April 15–21, compared with 150 reported the week before. The total number of deaths in the state as of April 21, since the beginning of the pandemic, was 38,360.

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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 also rose, with 81.5 per 100,000 residents on April 21, compared to 56.6 the week before.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, also reported an increase in its per 100,000 total, with 71.6 as of April 21, compared to 37.3 as of April 14. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 22nd among Ohio’s 88 counties. Athens County, in southeastern Ohio, was at the top with 165.3. Vinton County, which borders Athens County to the southwest, was at the bottom with a single case out of a population of 13,085.

• Like Greene County’s two-week per-capita total, the number of new cases in the county rose for the week of April 15–21 — from 21 for the week of Apr. 8–14, to 91 most recently. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for six of the new cases, after two weeks with none reported.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County dropped slightly to 17 for the week of April 15–21, compared to 22 the week before. No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the county for the second week in a row. 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 no positive cases among students and staff and one Mills Lawn Elementary School student in quarantine for the school week that ended Friday, April 22.

• 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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