CDC has classified some southwest Ohio counties that are currently growing at high community Covid-19 level. It all happened after the cases started to surge.
When there is a need for CDC to determine community levels, the agency has to consider the new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the past week.
It also has to consider the new and upcoming COVID-19 cases that need hospital admissions along with the percentage of staffed beds occupied by such patients.
The word ‘High’ simply means that a county has more than 200 cases per 100,000 people. It also includes over 10 admissions per 100,000 people.
As per the latest update, Butler County recently witnessed up to 16% surge in the number of coronavirus cases that needed hospital admissions. This happened despite only 2% increase in the weekly cases of Covid-19.
This is what Erin Smiley who’s the Butler County’s General Health District has to say, “”High community level means the coronavirus circulating in the entire community along with the burden on the healthcare system.”
He further stated, “Our first recommendation is to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines which makes one less likely to have severe complications that could result in hospitalization or death,” he said.
As per the latest figures given by the Ohio Department of Health, about 60% of the state population has already been vaccinated. It only has an exception in the form of Warren County where only 64.56% population is vaccinated.
It was on Thursday when the Ohio health department stated that 26,610 Covid-19 cases were added in the last week only. It clearly signifies the surge in the number of cases.
Most of the new Ohio’s cases owe to a number of different Omicron variants. For example, Omicron BA.5 has made up of the majority of cases that are followed by BA.2.12.1, amounting for 31.3% of cases, as per ODH.