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COVID Update | June 2, 2022

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New COVID-19 case numbers decreased slightly in Ohio and Greene County last week, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, May 26. The number of new cases in the state, tallied for May 20–26 was 19,546, compared to 19,556 for the week of May 13–19.

• However, Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations rose, moving from 473, for May 13–19, to 506 for May 20–26. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of May 26 were 687, compared to 640 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths across the state for the week of May 20–26 was 38, compared to 40 for May 13–19. The total number of deaths in the state as of May 26, since the beginning of the pandemic, was 38,628.

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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 rose, despite last week’s decrease, with 291.1 per 100,000 residents on May 26, compared to 269 the week before.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, also reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 219 as of May 26, compared to 210.7 as of May 19. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 44th among Ohio’s 88 counties. Lorain County, in northern Ohio, was at the top with 436.4; and Holmes County, in the eastern part of the state, was at the bottom, with 59.1 per 100,000 over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of May 20–26, Greene County reported 224 new cases, compared to 227 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for eight of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New hospital admissions in Greene County were numbered at nine, the same as the week before; and for the second week in a row, no coronavirus-related death was reported in the county. 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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