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COVID Update | Sept. 1, 2022

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For the eighth 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. 25.

• Greene County’s number of new cases dropped for the week of Aug. 18–24 with 275, compared to 397 for the week of Aug. 11–17, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s most recent data. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for seven of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to five the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County increased, however, numbering 11 for the week of Aug. 18–24, compared to one the week before.

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• The county reported one death for the week of Aug. 18–24. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 521.

• Greene County reported a continued decrease in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period with 358.7 as of Aug. 25, compared to 419.1 reported Aug. 18. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 51st in the state. Jackson County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 1,005.8; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 90. The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period dropped from 376.9, reported Aug. 18, to 361.4, reported Aug. 25.

• The statewide total of new cases for Aug. 11–17 was 23.436, compared to 24,067 for the week of Aug. 11–17.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations decreased, moving from 665, for Aug. 11–17, to 604, for Aug. 18–24. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Aug. 25 also dropped from the week before, decreasing from 1,208 to 1,173.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Aug. 18–24 was 96, compared to 90 the week before. As of Aug. 25, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,406.

• Free rapid antigen tests continue to be available through the U.S. Post Office until Friday, Sept. 2. According to covid.gov, the program is being suspended because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests. Until Friday, 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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