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COVID Update | Aug. 25, 2022

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For the seventh 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. 18.

A correlation might be made between Greene County’s continuing high level of the virus with a majority of county residents paying no heed to the CDC’s recommendation that residents of counties with a high designation wear a mask indoors in public places regardless of vaccination status.

Greene County is among 50 other Ohio counties with a high designation. Thirty-five counties are listed as having a “medium” level, and two — Belmont and Monroe in the southeast corner of the state — have a “low” level.

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• While statewide case numbers appear to be trending downward, Greene County’s number of new cases rose for the week of Aug. 11–17, with 397, compared to 374 for the week of Aug. 4–10, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s most recent data. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for five of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to eight the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County remained low, however, numbering one for the week of Aug. 11–17, compared to two the week before.

• After four weeks with no new COVID-19 deaths, the county reported one death for the week of Aug. 11–17. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 520.

• Although Greene County reported an increase in new cases last week, the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period saw a decrease, with 376.9 as of Aug. 18, compared to 436.8 reported Aug. 11. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 36th in the state. Pike County, in southern Ohio, was still at the top, with 939.9; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 116. The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period dropped from 436.8, reported Aug. 11, to 376.9, reported Aug. 18.

• The statewide total of new cases for Aug. 11–17 was 24,067, compared to 26,016 for the week of Aug. 4–10.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations increased, however, moving from 608, for Aug. 4–10, to 665, for Aug. 11–17. At the same time, total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Aug. 18 dropped from the week before, decreasing from 1,318 to 1,208.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Aug. 11–17 was 90, compared to 87 the week before. As of Aug. 18, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,310.

• 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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