COVID-19: Richland County Reports Fewer New Cases in One Month | COVID-19 – Richland County Updates
MANSFIELD – Richland County reported the fewest new cases of COVID-19 in a month on Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
There have been 163 new cases of the virus in the past two weeks in Richland County, the lowest number since the April 1 report date of 151. This is the first time the county has gone below 200 new infections reported in a two-week period since April. 8.
The new figures reflect 134 new cases per 100,000 people in Richland County, well below the peak of 1,375 new cases (1,134 per 100,000 people) reported by the county on December 10, when the county was listed as “Purple”, or level four.
The county has remained “red,” or level three, in the Ohio Public Health Advisory, a status it will retain until the number of new cases drops below 100 per 100,000 for a period of two. weeks.
Ashland County turned “orange,” or level two, on Thursday for the first time since Oct. 29, reporting 51 new cases in the past two weeks, or 95 new cases per 100,000 people. Knox County remained orange this week and Crawford County remained red.
The nearest Richland County has been ‘orange’ since the virus started rising late last year, arrived on March 25, when it reported 134 new cases, or 110 per 100,000 population .
However, those numbers started to climb again after that date, hitting 151 new cases on April 1, 183 on April 8 and 265 on April 15, before dropping to 219 a week ago.
The drop in local COVID-19 cases continues to reflect a statewide drop in recent weeks.
However, Ohio is still not close to meeting the target of 50 new cases per 100,000 population that Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 4 is needed to lift all statewide health restrictions. , including a mask warrant.
Ohio reported 155 new cases per 100,000 population on Thursday, up from 185 last week and 200 on April 15.
Last week, DeWine said he could change the measuring stick of health restrictions based on the number of people in Ohio vaccinated, rather than the number of new cases.
The governor, however, maintained that the numbers will decline as more residents of the state are vaccinated.
As of Thursday, 40 percent (4.65 million) of the state’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccine and 32 percent (3.7 million) were fully immunized. In Richland County, 30 percent (36,287) residents received at least one dose and 25 percent (30,572) were fully immunized.
For residents interested in a vaccine, Richland Public Health opened on Friday. Residents can register for an appointment by calling 614-881-1882. Walk-ins are also welcome at RPH, 555 Lexington Ave.
Vaccination clinics are located in the Corley room, located near the parking lot at the bottom of the back.
State-wide and regional hospitalizations also continue to decline. There were 1,200 Ohio residents in hospital with the virus on Thursday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association, down 4% in a week, 2% in the past 21 days and 2% ago 60 days.
In the region that includes Richland County, 204 residents have been hospitalized for COVID-19, down 7% from last week, 6% in the past 21 days, and 10% in the past 60 days.