County sees COVID-19 climb


Cases of COVID-19 have continued to slowly climb in Highland County, according to the New York Times COVID Tracker. The tracker said the county was seeing 5.7 new cases per day, which is about 13 cases per 100,000 in population, last updated on Monday.

The last time The Times-Gazette reported on COVID-19 data, which was on May 26, 2022, The New York Times COVID Tracker said the county was seeing 4.3 new cases per day, about 9.9 cases per 100,000 in population.

The tracker gave some of the latest trends for the county. It said that the community level of COVID-19 in the county is “low” based on cases and hospitalizations, according to the most recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) update on June 9, 2022. It said the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen in the county but deaths have stayed about the same.

The New York Times COVID-19 Tracker gave a COVID-19 update on June 9, 2022, for the U.S. as well, and said that “after weeks of growth, reports of new cases in the United States have been largely flat in recent days.”

The tracker also said that about 110,000 cases of COVID-19 are announced each day, which is a “fraction of the true toll” because of many infections going uncounted on official reports.

It also said “nearly” every Northeastern state has had cases fall by 30 percent or more. However, areas in the South and West have started to come to be hotspots, with cases doubling in Wyoming and Oklahoma.

“Similar regional distinctions are visible in hospitalizations,” the tracker said. “The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus is declining in the populous Northeast, but in the rest of the country, hospitalizations are increasing. Overall, this has led to a modest increase in the number of people hospitalized with the virus at the national level — roughly 29,000 on an average day, up 12 percent from two weeks ago.”

In other news, Highland County’s COVID-19 case rate stood at 178.4 cases per 100,000 in population over the previous two weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Dashboard, which was last updated Thursday. The case rate was below the state average of 267.8 cases per 100,000 in population over the same period and ranks the county 68th among the state’s 88 counties in terms of the highest case rates.

In terms of vaccinations, Highland County is currently at 40.32 percent of the county’s residents that have started their vaccines, according to the ODH COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard which was last updated on Thursday. The state average for “vaccine started” is 62.82 percent.

In terms of completed vaccines, the state average is 58.33 percent, while the Highland County average is 37.28 percent.

The dashboard also said there have been 7,484 “First Booster” doses and 809 “Second Booster” administered in the county on or after Aug. 12, to people that were already fully vaccinated.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.
County ranked 68th in COVID-19 case rate

By Jacob Clary

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