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COVID Update | Dec. 1, 2022

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For the second week in a row, Greene County is listed at a “low” community level for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. A majority of Ohio’s counties, 56, are currently ranked low; 24 are at a “medium” level and eight are “high.”

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the weekly updates released each Thursday came out Wednesday, Nov. 23, and represent six, rather than seven days of data.

• Greene County’s number of new cases rose during that period, with 168 cases for Nov. 17–22, compared to 100 for the week of Nov. 10–16. The 45387 ZIP reported three new cases, compared to none the week before.

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• The number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in Greene County was 12, compared to six the week before. The county reported one new coronavirus death; the county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 531.

• Greene County also reported an increase in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the most recent two-week period, with 158.6 as of Nov. 23, compared to 145 reported Nov. 17. The county’s latest numbers put it 36th in the state. Morgan County, in eastern Ohio, is at the top, with 324; and Holmes County, in the eastern central part of the state, is at the bottom, with 20.5. Ohio’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period rose slightly, from 158.6, reported Nov. 17, to 159.9, reported Nov. 23.

• The statewide total of new cases for Nov. 17–22 was 9,424, compared to 10,170 the week before.

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations fell, moving from 414 for Nov. 10–16, to 383 for Nov. 17–22. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Nov. 23 numbered 867, compared to 891 the week before.

• The number of COVID-related deaths in the state reported for Nov. 17–22 was 75. The total number of deaths in Ohio since the start of the pandemic was 40,466 as of Nov. 23.

• 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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