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COVID Update | Aug. 4, 2022

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For the fourth week in a row, as new case numbers continue to rise, 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, July 28.

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 places, stay up to date with vaccines and get tested if symptoms appear.

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Greene County is among 48 other counties in the state with a high designation amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

• The latest data released Thursday, July 28, by the Ohio Department of Health, or ODH, shows another increase in new cases from the week before. According to the ODH, the number of new cases in the state tallied for July 21–27 was 29,906, compared to 26,590 for the week of July 14–20.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also rose, moving from 690, for July 14–20, to 705, for July 21–27. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of July 28 were 1,173, compared to 1,167 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported July 21–27 was 410. As of July 28, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,891.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 391.4, reported July 21, to 438.5, reported July 28.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 541.6 as of July 28, compared to 484.2 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 20th in the state. Gallia County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 1,030.2; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 112.8 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of July 21–27, Greene County reported 543 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 475 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 18 of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to 12 the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 16, compared to 10 the week before. The county reported no new COVID-19 deaths for a second 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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