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COVID Update | Sept. 8, 2022

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After eight weeks in a row during which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, determined Greene County to have a “high” community level for COVID-19, the county was listed at a “medium” level in the agency’s most recent weekly update, Thursday, Sept. 1.

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, 31, including neighboring Montgomery County, are currently listed as having a “high” level, while 45 are at “medium” and 12 are “low.”

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• Greene County’s number of new cases rose for the week of Aug. 25–31, with 309, compared to 275 for the week of Aug. 18–24, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s most recent data. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for 18 of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to seven the prior week.

• New coronavirus-related hospital admissions in Greene County numbered 11 for the week of Aug. 25–31, the same as the week before.

• The county reported one death for the week of Aug. 25–31, bringing the county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 522.

• Greene County reported a continued decrease in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period with 319.6 as of Sept. 1, compared to 358.7 reported Aug. 25. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 72nd in the state. Jackson County, in southern Ohio, was at the top, with 1,076.7; and Holmes County, in the east central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 213.6. The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 361.4, reported Aug. 25, to 377.2, reported Sept. 1

• The statewide total of new cases for Aug. 25–31 was 25,280, compared to 23,436 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations decreased, moving from 604, for Aug. 18–24, to 575, for Aug. 25–31. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Sept. 1 also dropped from the week before, decreasing from 1,173 to 1,087.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Aug. 25–31 was 84 compared to 96 the week before. As of Sept. 1, the total number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic was 39,490.

• 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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