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COVID Update | May 5, 2022

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The number of new COVID-19 cases rose again in Ohio and Greene County, according to the latest weekly data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, April 28. The number of new cases in the state, tallied for April 22–28, was 8,731, compared to 6,890 for April 15–21.

• Ohio’s number of new COVID-19 hospitalization admissions fell, however, from 428 for the week of April 15–21, to 314 for April 22–28. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of April 28 was 358.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio also fell, with 68 deaths reported for April 22–28, compared to 94 reported the week before. The total number of deaths in the state as of April 28, since the beginning of the pandemic, was 38,428.

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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 111.7 per 100,000 residents on April 28, compared to 81.5 the week before.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, also reported an increase in its per 100,000 total, with 105.4 as of April 28, compared to 71.6 as of April 21. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 20th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Athens County, in Southeastern Ohio, was at the top for the second week in a row with 197.5, compared to 165.3 the week before. Noble County, in the eastern part of the state, was at the bottom with two cases out of a population of 14,424.

• For the week of April 22–28, Greene County reported 93 new cases, compared to 91 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for four of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County stayed about the same for April 22–28, with 16, compared to 17 the week before. No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the county for the third 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 one positive case among staff for the school week that ended Friday, April 29.

• 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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