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COVID Update | July 28, 2022

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For the third 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, released Thursday, July 21.

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 44 other counties in the state with a high designation as case numbers continue to rise amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

• The latest data released Thursday, July 21, 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 14–20 was 26,590, compared to 24,455 reported for the week of July 7–13.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also rose, moving from 550 for July 7–13 to 690 for July 14–20. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of July 21 were 1,167, compared to 1,008 the week before.

• While case numbers are rising, COVID-related deaths are falling. The number of COVID-related deaths in the state for July 14–20 was 22, compared to 39 for July 7–13. As of July 21, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 38,981.

• The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 334.1, reported July 14, to 391.4, reported July 21.

• Greene County, with a population of 168,937, reported another increase in its per 100,000 total, with 484.2 as of July 21, compared to 455.2 the week before. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 19th in the state. Scioto County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 888.3; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 100.1 per 100,000 residents over the two-week reporting period.

• For the week of July 14–20, Greene County reported 475 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 465 the week before. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 12 of the most recent week’s new cases.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 15, compared to 19 the week before. The county reported no new COVID-19 deaths for July 14–20. 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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