Cases of COVID-19 are slightly on the rise in Highland County, according to the New York Times COVID Tracker. The tracker said Monday that the county was currently seeing 3.3 new cases per day, which is about 7.6 cases per 100,000 in population.
The last time The Times-Gazette reported on COVID-19 data, which was on March 24, 2022, The New York Times COVID Tracker said the county was seeing 1.3 new cases per day, about 3.0 cases per 100,000 in population.
The tracker gave some of the latest trends for the county and said that cases have recently increased and are “high.” It said the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen in the area, but deaths have stayed at about the same level. It also said the test positivity rate in the county is “relatively low” and would suggest that “testing capacity is adequate for evaluating COVID-19 spread” in the area.
Concerning the rest of the country, the tracker gave a COVID-19 update Friday, which said that cases and hospitalizations are rising in a majority of states “signaling a surge” that is becoming national in scope.
However, it also said the number of cases announced each day in the country remains at its lowest since summer 2021 and hospitalizations are almost as low as at any point in the pandemic. The tracker said that deaths have continued to decline, with fewer than 400 deaths from the virus currently being reported, a drop of over 20 percent in the past two weeks.
In other news, Highland County’s COVID-19 case rate stood at 67.2 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 111.7 cases per 100,000 in population over the same period and ranks the county 49th among the state’s 88 counties in terms of the highest case rates.
In terms of vaccinations, Highland County is currently at 40.19 percent of the county’s residents that have started their vaccines, according to the ODH COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard. The state average for vaccine started is 62.52 percent.
In terms of completed vaccines, the state average is 57.99 percent, while the Highland County average is 37.77 percent.
The dashboard also said there have been 7,356 “first booster” doses and 438 “second booster” doses administered in the county on or after Aug. 12 to people that were already fully vaccinated.
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