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COVID Update | July 21, 2022

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For the second week in a row, Greene County was listed as having a “high” community level for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, in its most recent weekly update, Thursday, July 14.

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 is among eight other counties in the state listed as high: Guernsey, Lawrence, Montgomery, Muskingum, Noble, Pike, Ross and Scioto.

• The latest data released Thursday, July 14, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, shows another increase in new cases from the week before, with the actual number of cases likely even higher, as an unknown number of people may not report a positive home-test result if they don’t seek medical attention. According to the ODH, the number of new cases in the state tallied for July 7–13 was 24,455, compared to 18,838, reported for the week of June 30–July 6.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also rose, moving from 511 for June 30–July 6 to 550 for July 7–13. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of July 14 was 1,008, compared with 858 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state for July 7–13 was 39, falling from 68 for June 30–July 6. As of July 14, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,959.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 277.4, reported July 7, to 334.1, reported July 14.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 455.2 as of July 14, compared to 415.5 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 13th in the state. Scioto County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 804.6; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 72.8 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of July 7–13, Greene County reported 465 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 386 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 19 of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 19, compared to 23 the week before. The county also reported two new COVID-19 deaths for July 7–13, bringing the county’s total to 519 since the start of the pandemic

• 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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