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Coronavirus: Fewer than 10 new cases reported in Clark County

Springfield News-Sun - 3/25/2022

Mar. 26—Nine confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the Clark County Combined Health District this week, as cases of the deadly virus continue to decline locally, officials said Friday.

In addition, there were four new hospitalizations, the lowest the county has witnessed since last July, said Assistant health commissioner Chris Cook said.

"We're trending in a good direction here in Clark County," he said. Cook, along with Rocking Horse Community Health Center'sNettie Smith, updated the community on the state of the pandemic during the health district's weekly livestream.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 34,913 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in Clark County since the pandemic's start.

Last week, the county saw 13 cases confirmed to the health district, and the week before, less than 40 cases were reported, according to county health officials.

Clark County, along with all other counties in the state, had a low level COVID-19 Community Level as of Friday afternoon, ODH reported.

COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area, according to the CDC.

"The cases are coming down, and not only that, but hospitalizations are coming down, too," Cook said.

The CDC recommends that counties with a low community level take the following precautions: staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and getting tested if symptoms appear; maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible; following CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

In terms of community transmission, most of Ohio is seeing moderate transmission, but Clark County is among the several counties in the state to see low transmission, Cook said.

Although the low number in cases and hospitalizations are "positive," Cook said, action can be taken to keep numbers low and even make them lower: vaccination, for example.

On April 1, Rocking Horse and the health district will host a vaccine clinic at 651 S. Limestone St. from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The clinic will include music and free food, and everyone who gets a vaccine will also get a gift card, regardless of where they are in their vaccine series.

Appointments are recommended, and walk-ins are welcome, according to Rocking Horse. Those interested in vaccination can call 937-525-4521 to schedule an appointment.

ODH reported that as of Friday afternoon, 50.8% of Clark County's population has completed its vaccine series.

Smith said that Rocking Horse has administered more than 82,000 doses locally.

"We're serious, we're intentional," Smith said. "

The assistant health commissioner said that vaccination is the "best way" for residents to protect themselves from hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

"We need to armor ourselves now for a summer of success, for happiness, for fun," Cook said.


By the Numbers:

50.8: Percentage of Clark County residents who have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series

34,913: Total coronavirus cases reported in Clark County

568: Total coronavirus-related deaths in Clark County


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