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COVID Update | Aug. 11, 2022

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For the fifth week in a row, Greene County is listed as having a “high” community level for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, according to its most recent weekly update, Thursday, Aug. 4.

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 wear a mask indoors in public place, stay up-to-date with vaccines and get tested if symptoms appear.

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Greene County is among 66 other counties in the state with a high designation amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Two counties — Hancock and Seneca to the north — are “low,” and 19 have a “medium” community level.

• The latest data released Thursday, Aug. 4, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, offers some good news in showing a decrease in new cases from the week before. According to the ODH, the number of new cases in the state tallied for July 28–Aug. 3 was 27,795, compared to 29,906 for the week of July 21–27.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also dropped, moving from 705, for July 21–27, to 679, for July 28–Aug. 3. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Aug. 4 were 1,281, compared to 1,173 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported July 28–Aug. 3 was 98. As of Aug. 4, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,133. A transposition error resulted in a higher number incorrectly listed in last week’s COVID update.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 438.5, reported July 28, to 441.6, reported Aug. 4.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported a slight decrease in its per 100,000 total, with 538.7 as of Aug. 4, compared to 541.6 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 22nd in the state. Gallia County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 970; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 147.9 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of July 28–Aug. 3, Greene County reported 469 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 543 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 18 of the most recent week’s new cases, the same as the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 11, compared to 16 the week before. The county reported no new COVID-19 deaths for a third week in a row. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 519.

• 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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