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COVID Update | July 14, 2022

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, last week moved Greene County from the prior week’s community spread level of “medium” for COVID-19 to “high.”

In making its determination, the CDC takes into account the number of new cases, new hospitalizations and hospital beds being used by COVID patients.

The CDC recommends that residents of counties listed as having a high community level for the disease should wear a mask indoors in public places, stay up to date with vaccines and get tested if symptoms appear.

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Greene County joins four other counties in the state listed as high: Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto, all in the south central portion of the state.

• The latest data released Thursday, July 7, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, shows an increase in cases from the week before, but the actual number of cases is likely even 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 30–July 6 was 18,838, compared to 17,224 reported for the week of June 23–29.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also rose, moving from 383 for June 23–29, to 511 for June 29–July 6. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of July 7 was 858, up from 753 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state for June 30–July 6 was 68, compared to 74 for June 23–29. As of July 7, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,920.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 253.2 reported June 30 to 277.4, reported July 7.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 415.5 as of July 7, compared to 365.2 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 11th in the state. Lawrence County, in southern Ohio, was again at the top, with 640.7; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 52.3 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of June 23–29, Greene County reported 386 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 378 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 17 of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 23, compared to 12 the week before; while no new COVID-19 death was reported in the county. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has listed 517 deaths due to the virus.

• 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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