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COVID Update | Sept. 15, 2022

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Greene County remained at a “medium” community level for COVID-19 for a second week in a row, according to the latest update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, released Thursday, Sept. 8.

The CDC assesses the number of new cases, new hospitalizations and hospital beds filled by COVID-patients in assigning a county’s community level. At the medium level, the CDC drops the recommendation for wearing masks indoors in public spaces, suggesting that people with a “high risk for severe illness” talk to their health care provider about whether they should do so.

Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 36 are currently listed as having a “high” level, while 45 are “medium” and seven are “low.”

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• Greene County’s number of new cases fell for the week of Sept. 1–7, with 265, compared to 309 for the week of Aug. 25–31, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s most recent data. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 17 of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to 18 the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 16 for the week of Sept. 1–7, compared to 11 the week before.

• The county reported two deaths for the week of Sept. 1–7, bringing the county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 524.

• Greene County reported a rise in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period with 361.8 as of Sept. 8, compared to 319.6 reported Sept. 1. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 64th in the state. Gallia County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 1,080.3; 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 fell from 377.2, reported Sept. 1, to 361.8, reported Sept. 8

• The statewide total of new cases for Sept. 1–7 was 21,731, compared to 25,280 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also decreased, moving from 575, for Aug. 25–31, to 504, for Sept. 1–7. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Sept. 8 rose, however, from the week before, increasing from 1,087 to 1,151.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Sept. 1–7 was 86, compared to 84 the week before. As of Sept. 8, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,576.

• Free rapid antigen tests can be obtained from the Greene County Health Department, 360 Wilson Drive, Xenia; and through the county library system. The county libraries no longer distribute proctored test kits; the currently available kits are for personal use only and cannot be used for travel, return to school or to end a quarantine. Call the Yellow Springs Library at 937-352-4003 for current availability and the procedure for pickup.

Kits are no longer available through the federal government’s postal program.

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