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COVID Update | Sept. 22, 2022

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Greene County remained at a “medium” community level for COVID-19 for the third week in a row, according to the latest update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, released Thursday, Sept. 15.

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 the state’s 88 counties, 30 are currently listed as having a “high” level, while 46 are “medium” and 12 are “low.”

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• Greene County’s number of new cases rose for the week of Sept. 8–14, with 289, compared with 265 for the week of Sept. 1–7, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s most recent data. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 23 of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to 17 the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 32 for the week of Sept. 8–14, compared to 16 the week before.

• The county reported no deaths for the week of Sept. 8–14. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 524.

• Greene County reported a decrease in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period with 299.5 as of Sept. 15, compared to 361.8 reported Sept. 8. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 62nd in the state. Meigs County, in southeast Ohio, was at the top, with 881.8; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 113.7. The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period fell from 361.8, reported Sept. 8, to 320.5, reported Sept. 15.

• The statewide total of new cases for Sept. 8–14 was 20,552, compared to 21,731 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations increased, moving from 504, for Sept. 1–7, to 626, for Sept. 8–14. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Sept. 15 dropped slightly from the week before, sliding from 1,151 to 1,133.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Sept. 8–14 was 99, compared to 86 the week before. As of Sept. 15, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,657.

• 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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