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Washington County sees fewer new COVID cases

From staff reports

The average rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop in Ohio, though a couple of area counties with smaller populations have moved back up in the statistical rankings.

The statewide average of new cases per 100,000 residents for Sept. 30 to Oct. 13 was 507.4, down from 560.5 for the prior two-week period of Sept. 23 to Oct. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Washington County, which ranked 12th out of Ohio’s 88 counties in the new-cases-per-100,000 metric four weeks ago, had dropped all the way to 76th, according to the latest numbers released Thursday afternoon.

The county of 59,911 residents recorded 270 new cases over the most recent two weeks, which equals 450.7 per 100,000. New cases for the previous period tallied 432, for a rate of 721.1.

Athens County also dropped in the rankings, from 66th to 70th, with 310 new cases and a rate of 474.5 per 100,000, compared to 365 and 543.4 a week ago. Athens County has a population of 65,327.

Noble County recorded 97 new cases over the two weeks in question, after 113 in the previous span. The rate in the 14,424-person county dropped from 783.4 per 100,000 to 672.5 and the rank from 30th to 37th.

Morgan and Monroe counties went the other direction, despite their new case numbers remaining virtually unchanged.

Monroe saw 94 new cases in the most recent two-week period, compared to 92 in the prior timeframe. With a population of 13,654, that increased the rate per 100,000 from 673.8 to 688.4. The county’s rank rose from 50th to 33rd.

Morgan County had 95 new cases in each period, leaving their per-100,000 rate at 654.8. But with other counties seeing declines, Morgan, population 14,508, still moved from 52nd in the state to 39th.

The county with the highest rate per 100,000 is Guernsey, at 1,124.1. That’s below last week’s high of 1,210.4 in Coshocton County.

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