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COVID Update | June 30, 2022

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While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on approved COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months, on Saturday, June 18, local families have reported difficulty finding a provider offering vaccinations for children younger than 3 years of age.

The website vaccines.gov offers a search engine for vaccination locations based on ZIP code, but even the listed sites that don’t specify a 3-year age minimum say to call to confirm the provider’s age policy. Almost no pharmacy chains are serving children younger than 3. The exception is some CVS stores that house the chain’s MinuteClinics, which are providing shots to children as young as 18 months, according to the New York Times.

• Although the new case numbers have gone down in Ohio and Greene County, according to the latest data released Thursday, June 23, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, the actual number of cases is likely higher, as more people rely on at-home tests and may not report a positive result unless they seek medical attention. According to the ODH, the number of new cases in the state tallied for June 17–23 was 16,159 — down significantly from the 27,628 reported for the week of June 10–16.

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• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also fell, moving from 724, for June 10–16, to 467, for June 17–23. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of June 23 was 769.

• Following a two-week pause in reporting the number of deaths while a new coding system was put in place, 121 COVID-related deaths were recorded for the period of June 3–23. As of June 23, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,778.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period shows a slight decrease, from 251.9 per 100,000 residents on June 16, to 241.2 on June 23.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported an increase in its per 100,000 total, with 303.1 as of June 23, compared to 275.3 as of June 16. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 15th in the state. Gallia County, in southeastern Ohio, was at the top with 488.3; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, was at the bottom, with 63.7 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of June 16–23, Greene County reported 311 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 436 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 12 of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County were numbered at 10, the same number as the week before, and three COVID-19 deaths were reported in the county after five weeks with none. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 516 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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