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COVID Update | Dec. 8, 2022

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After two weeks listed at a  “low” community level for COVID-19, Greene County has returned to a “medium” level for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent designation, released Thursday, Dec. 1. A majority of Ohio’s counties, 46, are currently ranked “low;” 34 are at a “medium” level and eight are “high.”

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the most recent weekly update, released Dec. 1, represents the previous eight, rather than seven, days of data.

• Greene County’s number of new cases rose during that period, with 249 cases for Nov. 23–30, compared to 168 cases for Nov. 17–22. The 45387 ZIP accounted for nine of those cases, compared to three the week before.

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• The number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in Greene County was 21, compared to 12 the week before. The county reported one new coronavirus death; the county’s total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 532.

• Greene County also reported an increase in the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the most recent two-week period, with 226.8 as of Dec. 1, compared to 158.6 reported Nov. 23. The county’s latest numbers put it 18th in the state. Morgan County, in eastern Ohio, is at the top, with 310.2; and Holmes County, in the eastern central part of the state, is at the bottom, with 36.4. Ohio’s 88-county average of new cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period also rose, from 159.9, reported Nov. 23, to 197.5, reported Dec. 1..

• The statewide total of new cases for Nov. 23–30 was 16,091, compared to 9,424 Nov. 17–22..

• Ohio’s number of new hospitalizations rose, moving from 383, for Nov. 17–22, to 607, for Nov 23–30. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state as of Dec. 1 numbered 1,155.

• The number of  COVID-related deaths in the state reported for Nov. 23–30 was 92. The total number of deaths in Ohio since the start of the pandemic was 40,448 as of Dec. 1.

• 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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