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COVID Update | Oct. 27, 2022

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After two weeks with a “low” community level for COVID-19, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, Greene County’s new case and hospitalization numbers put it back in the “medium” range, according to CDC’s most recent findings, released Thursday, Oct. 20.

The county is one of 26 in Ohio designated at a medium level. Sixty-two counties are ranked low, and none is high.

• Greene County’s number of new cases rose for the week of Oct. 13–19, with 188, compared to 102 for the week of Oct. 6–12, according to the CDC. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for three of the most recent week’s cases.

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• After a week with no new reported COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, the county reported one of each for the week of Oct. 13–19. The county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 527.

• Greene County also reported a rise in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period, with 183.5 as of Oct. 20, compared to 152.1 reported Oct. 13. Greene County’s latest numbers put it 21st in the state. Williams County, in the northwest corner of Ohio, was at the top, with 348.8; and Holmes County, in the east-central part of the state, remained at the bottom, with 47.8. Ohio’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose from 138.8, reported Oct. 13, to 150.7, reported Oct. 20.

• The statewide total of new cases for Oct. 13–19 was 11,097, compared to 5,743 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also rose, moving from 224, for Oct. 6–12, to 422, for Oct. 13–19. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Oct. 20 moved from 824 to 874.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported Oct. 13–19 was 94, compared to 87 the week before. The total number of deaths in Ohio since the start of the pandemic was 40,111 as of Oct. 20.

• 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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