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COVID Update | Oct. 20, 2022

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As COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop across most of the state, Greene County has a “low” community level for the disease for the second week in a row, according to the latest rating by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, released Thursday, Oct. 13.

The county is one of 67 in Ohio designated as low. Twenty counties are at a “medium” level, and one — Lucas, in the northern part of the state — is “high.”

At the same time, the state surpassed 40,000 COVID-19-related deaths — with 40,037, as of Oct. 13 — since the start of the pandemic.

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• Like most of the state, Greene County’s number of new cases fell for the week of Oct. 6–12, with 102, compared to 157 for the week of Sept. 29–Oct. 5, according to the CDC. No new cases were reported for the 45387 ZIP code, compared to eight the week before.

• The county reported no new COVID-19 hospitalizations for the most recent week and no new coronavirus-related deaths, though a death was listed for the prior week after an initial report of no new deaths. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 526.

• Greene County also reported another decrease in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period, with 152.1 as of Oct. 13, compared to 166.9 reported Oct. 6. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 28th in the state. Union County, in central Ohio, was at the top, with 269.5; and Holmes County, in the east-central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 29.6. The state’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period fell from 155.4, reported Oct. 6, to 138.8, reported Oct. 13.

• The statewide total of new cases for Oct. 6–12 was 5,743, compared to 9,997 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also decreased, moving from 369, for Sept, 29–Oct. 5, to 224 for Oct. 6–12. However, total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Oct. 13 rose from the week before, moving from 774 to 824.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Oct. 6–12 was 87, compared to 94 the week before.

• 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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