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COVID Update | July 7, 2022

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After months listed at a “low” community level for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control, Greene County rose to a “medium” level last week, according to the CDC’s website.

Greene County joins 39 other counties in the state that have moved from low to medium, with two counties, Lawrence and Pike, entering “high.”

At the same time, nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base reportedly moved from its lowest COVID designation of Alpha to its next level, Bravo late last week.

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• While the latest data released Thursday, June 30, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, shows an increase in cases from the week before, 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 24–309 was 17,224, compared to 16,159 reported for the week of June 17–23.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations fell, however, moving from 467, for June 17–23, to 383 for June 24–30. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of June 30 was 753.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state for June 24–30 was 74. As of June 30, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,852.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 241.2 on June 23 to 253.2 on June 30.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 365.2 as of June 30, compared to 303.1 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 11th in the state. Lawrence County, in southern Ohio, was at the top with 481; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, was at the bottom, with 52.3 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of June 24–30, Greene County reported 378 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 311 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for nine of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County were numbered at 12, compared to 10 the week before; and one COVID-19 death was reported in the county. Since the start of the pandemic, Greene County has reported 517 COVID-19 deaths.

• 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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