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COVID Update | Nov. 17, 2022

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Greene County remains at a “medium” community level for COVID-19 for the fourth week in a row, according to the latest ratings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, reported Thursday, Nov. 10. The county is one of 40 in Ohio designated at a medium level. Two counties are ranked high, and 46 are low.

• Greene County’s number of new cases rose for the week of Nov. 3–9, with 155, compared to 146 for the week of Oct. 27–Nov. 2, according to the CDC. The 45387 ZIP code accounted for four of the most recent week’s new cases, compared to two the week before.

• The number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in Greene County was 28, compared to 35 the week before. The county reported no new coronavirus deaths after one the week before; the county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 528.

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• While the county’s case numbers saw an increase over the past week, Greene County reported a drop in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the most recent two-week period, with 174 as of Nov. 10, compared to 183.5 reported Nov. 3. The county’s latest numbers put it 42nd in the state. Williams County, in the northwest corner of Ohio, is at the top, with 365.2; and Holmes County, in the eastern central part of the state, is at the bottom, with 43.2. Ohio’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period also dropped, from 182, reported Nov. 3, to 174.8, reported Nov. 10.

• The statewide total of new cases for Nov. 3–9 was 10,865, compared to 12,262 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations also fell slightly, moving from 538, for Oct. 27–Nov. 2, to 521, for Nov. 3–9. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Nov. 10 numbered 875, compared to 1,050 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported for Nov. 3–9 was eight, compared to 71 the week before. The total number of deaths in Ohio since the start of the pandemic was 40,257 as of Nov. 10.

• 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.

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

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