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COVID Update | April 7, 2022

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COVID-19 case numbers continued a mostly downward trend last week, with new cases decreasing slightly across Ohio, while the number of new hospitalizations and deaths increased, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, on Thursday, March 31.

• With the state now posting updated numbers weekly, on Thursday afternoons, the number of new cases tallied March 25–31 was 3,103, compared to 3,668 for March 18–24.

• The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations went up, however, from 193 for March 18–24, to 297 for March 25–31. Nevertheless, the total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state declined, with 362 as of the 31st, compared to 423 on the 24th.

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• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio also rose, with 249 deaths reported March 25–31, compared to 185 reported March 18–24. The total number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic topped 38,000 last week, with 38,042 reported as of the 31st.

• 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 37.2 per 100,000 residents on March 24, compared to 41.2 reported the week before.

• While still below the state’s average, Greene County experienced a slight increase in its per 100,000 total, with 32 as of March 31, compared to 31.4 as of March 24. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 47th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Hocking County, in southeast Ohio, was at the top for the third week in a row with 162.8, compared to 187.5 the week before. Coshocton County, in central Ohio, was at the bottom for a second week, with 5.5, compared to 10.9 on the 24th.

• The number of new cases in Greene County for March 25–31 totaled 21, compared to 38 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for one of the county’s new cases in the most recently reported week and three of the cases the week before.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County echoed the state trend in showing an increase for the week of March 25–31, with 26, compared to 22 the week before; and the number of reported deaths in the county also rose slightly, from two for March 18–24, to five for March 25–31. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 510 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 rest of Ohio’s.

• In Yellow Springs, the local schools reported no positive cases among students or staff and no students or staff members in quarantine for the school week ending Friday, April 1, the first week back in the classroom after spring break.

• 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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