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New Ohio COVID-19 cases on upward swing

From staff reports

New COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people increased in Ohio over the last two weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The agency provides a snapshot of the spread of the virus across its 88 counties every Thursday, looking back at the prior two-week period.

The statewide average from Nov. 4-17 was 496.3 per 1,000 people, up from 410.5 from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10.

Washington County recorded 156 new cases over the most recent period, up from 139 for the preceding span. With a population of 59,911, the county’s rate per 100,000 increased from 232 to 260.4, moving it from 86th in the state to 85th.

Athens County continued to have the lowest rate in the state with 199 per 100,000, still an increase from 176 during the previous span.

With a population of 65,327, that was the result of 130 new cases over the most recent period, compared to 115.

Noble County had 22 fewer new cases from Nov. 4-17 (33) than it did Oct. 28 to Nov. 10 (55).

That lowered the rate per 100,000 in the county of 14,424 people from 381.3 to 228.8 and dropped Noble from 65th to 87th.

Nearby Morgan County saw its two-week new case count rise from 35 to 63, moving it from 85th (241.2 per 100,000) to 62nd (434.2).

Monroe County had the smallest increase in actual case numbers, from 41 to 45.

Although its rate of 329.6 per 100,000 increased from 300.3, increases in other counties actually saw Monroe drop from 78th to 80th statewide.

According to the department’s COVID dashboard, 47.65 percent of Washington County residents are considered fully vaccinated, having received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one of the Johnson and Johnson.

Those rates are 46.3 percent for Athens County, 39.05 percent for Monroe, 38.62 percent for Morgan and 39.77 percent for Noble.

There have been 6,825 additional, or booster, doses administered in Washington County since Aug. 13, 1,149 in Monroe, 1,395 in Morgan and 1,165 in Noble.

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