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COVID Update | June 16, 2022

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New COVID-19 case numbers are still trending downward in Ohio, but continued to rise in Greene County last week, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, June 9. The number of new cases in the state, tallied for June 2–9, was 6,788, compared to 17,530 for the week of May 27–June 2.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations rose, moving from 482 for May 27–June 2, to 1,258 for June 2–9.

• Due to a two-week pause in the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics reporting on causes of death, which has been enacted while a new coding system is implemented, no new COVID-related deaths were reported for the week of June 2–9 and will also not be reported for the week of June 9—16. As of June 2, the total number of deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,657.

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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 decreased, with 267.8 per 100,000 residents on June 9, compared to 275.3 the week before.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported an increase in its per 100,000 total, with 267.6 as of June 9, compared to 224.9 as of June 2. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 25th among Ohio’s 88 counties, up significantly from 47th on June 2. Gallia County, in southeastern Ohio, was at the top with 608.2; and Holmes County, in the northeastern part of the state, was at the bottom, with 45.5 per 100,000 over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of June 2–9, Greene County reported 198 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 157 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for seven of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County were numbered at eight, compared to 10 the week before, and no COVID-19 death was reported in the county for the fourth week in a row. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 513 COVID-19 deaths.

• By the CDC’s current measure, Greene County’s community level remains “low.”

• Free rapid antigen tests continue to be available through the U.S. Post Office. Every household is eligible to order three 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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