Coronavirus: Clark County records lowest number of weekly cases since May

Original cutline: Clark County teachers get their COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday at the Clark County distribution center at the Upper Valley Mall. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Clark County Combined Health District in partnership with Mercy Health and Springfield Regional Medical Center operates a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Upper Valley Mall. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Clark County recorded fewer than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 last week, according to data from the Clark County Combined Health District

Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16, the county confirmed 98 total cases of COVID-19, or about 14 new cases a day, according to CCCHD data. That’s the lowest number of weekly cases since May, CCCHD Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said.

“Our contact tracers are wiping them out. They can contact every single person every single day,” Patterson said.

The county has seen a steady decline in weekly confirmed cases since the week of Jan. 15, according to CCCHD data.

Patterson has stated previously the falling numbers could be contributed to several things, including residents continuing to wear face masks, practicing social distancing guidelines and avoiding large gatherings. But he warned last week that the numbers can always increase again.

“They could always go the other way and come back up,” Patterson said. “So we still do need to be continuing to wear masks and social distancing at least for a couple more months until we can make this permanent.”

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The CCCHD still has vaccination appointments available for this week — a change for the health district, who for the last couple of weeks has run out of appointments less than an hour after opening scheduling on Friday morning.

According to the CCCHD, the health district had about 300 appointments still available as of Monday afternoon.

Individuals who are 65 and older, or who are developmentally or intellectually disabled and have a qualifying health condition, qualify for the vaccine.

Qualifying health conditions include cerebral palsy; spina bifida; severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past year; severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year; inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria; severe neurological disorders including epilepsy, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly; severe genetic disorders including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, and muscular dystrophy; severe lung disease, including asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year, and cystic fibrosis; sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta-thalassemia; and solid organ transplant patients.

To schedule an appointment with the health district, residents can contact 937-717-2439 or go to the CCCHD’s website at ccchd.com.

Clark County had 12,101 cases of the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The county also had 312 deaths and 14 probable deaths.

As of Monday, 19,939 vaccination shots have been given in Clark County, according to ODH. That’s roughly 14.87% of the population.

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Facts & Figures:

98: COVID-19 cases confirmed in Clark County last week

14: COVID-19 cases confirmed every day last week

9: Months since weekly COVID-19 cases were that low in Clark County

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