School COVID cases see a big drop


Highland County now 9th in state for highest case rates

By Jacob Clary - [email protected]



Highland County is currently seeing 17 new COVID-19 cases per day, which is about 39 cases per 100,000 in population, according to The New York Times COVID Tracker, which was last updated on Monday. The last time The Times-Gazette reported on COVID-19 data, which was on Feb. 8, 2022, The New York Times COVID Tracker said the county was seeing 32 new cases per day, about 74 cases per 100,000 in population.

Highland County schools saw just four new COVID-19 cases from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, according to the most recent data available from the Ohio Department of Health’s documentation on how each school in the county is faring with the virus during the 2021-22 school year.

The last time The Times-Gazette reported on COVID-19 cases in county schools was from Jan. 24-30 when the schools saw 66 new COVID-19 cases.

Following are the total number of COVID-19 cases each county school has had during the current school year as well as the number of new cases from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6:

* Bright Local Schools have had one new student case, but no new staff cases. They have had 73 total student cases and 15 total staff cases this school year.

* Fairfield Local Schools have had one new student case, but no new staff cases. They have had 87 total student cases and 24 total staff cases so far this year.

* Greenfield Exempted Village Schools had no new student or staff cases. They have had 267 total student cases and 62 total staff cases.

* The Highland County Board of DD had no new student or staff cases, and has had no total student or staff cases so far this school year.

* The Hillsboro Christian Academy Preschool had no new student or staff cases. It has had 25 total student cases and four total staff cases this school year.

* The Hillsboro Christian Academy Private School had no new student or staff cases. It has had four total student cases and three total staff cases this year.

* Hillsboro City Schools had two new student cases but no new staff cases. They have had 215 total student cases and 53 total staff cases this year.

* Lynchburg-Clay Local Schools had no new student or staff cases. They have had 73 total student cases and 21 total staff cases.

* St. Mary Catholic Preschool had no new student or staff cases. It has had no total student or staff cases so far this school year.

* St. Mary Catholic Private School had no new student or staff cases. It has had nine total student cases and two total staff cases so far this school year.

* Stonewall Academy had no new student or staff cases. It has had no total student or staff cases so far this school year.

In other news, Highland County’s COVID-19 case rate stood at 977.7 cases per 100,000 in population over the previous two weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Coronavirus Dashboard, which was last updated Thursday. The case rate was above the state average of 481.0 cases per 100,000 in population over the same period and ranks the county ninth among the state’s 88 counties in terms of the highest case rates.

In terms of vaccinations, Highland County is currently at 39.93 percent of the county’s residents that have started their vaccines, according to the ODH COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard which was last updated on Monday. The state average for starting vaccines is 61.58 percent.

In terms of completed vaccines, the state average is 56.84 percent, while the Highland County average is 36.69 percent.

The dashboard also said there have been 7,011 third doses administered in the county on or after Aug. 12, 2021, to people that were already fully vaccinated.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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Highland County now 9th in state for highest case rates

By Jacob Clary

[email protected]