Coronavirus: Residents in their 20s make up largest group of Clark County cases, health district data says

Residents between the ages of 20 and 29 years old make up the largest percentage of positive COVID-19, or the coronavirus, cases in Clark County, according to recently released data from the Clark County Combined Health District.

The data covers the time period between March 18 and May 21. During that time, 42 of the county’s 183 positive coronavirus cases or 22.95% of all cases, were attributed to residents between the ages of 20 to 29 years old.

The median age for positive cases in Ohio is 49-years-old, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Those between the age of 40 to 49 made up the second-highest number of cases in the county, according to data from the health district. That group had 31 cases or 16.94% of all cases, according to the data.

Emma Smales, spokesperson for the CCCHD, said the district does not yet have information on why those in the age range of 20 to 29 had the most positive cases but notes the virus, “spreads by people.”

“If people are around other people, they have the opportunity to spread the virus more,” Smales said.

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The data, which was released by the health district on Friday, gave the public their first look at who has been most affected by the coronavirus. The district said they are going to, “do our best,” to update the data weekly, according to their website.

The data shows how many positive cases each age range, zip code, gender, race and ethnicity has experienced.

Zip code 45506 had the most positive cases in the county between March 18 and May 21 — with 54 of the county’s 183 positive coronavirus cases, or 29.51% of all cases. Zip code 45505 had the second-highest amount of cases at 41, with 22.40% of all cases.

Cases have been found in the city of Springfield, Bethel Twp., German Twp., Mad River Twp., Moorefield Twp., Springfield Twp., Green Twp., Pleasant Twp. and New Carlisle, according to the CCCHD.

Data for race and ethnicity shows 78 of the county’s 183 cases or 42.62% of all cases were white patients; 18 out of 183 cases or 9.84% were black patients; 13 out of 183 or 7.10% were unknown and 74 out of 183 cases or 40.44% were marked as “other.”

The data also shows how many positive coronavirus case have been “released from isolation.”

“Since there is no official definition of recovery from COVID-19, the number of individuals released from isolations is provided. The criteria to be released from isolation is at least three days fever-free and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” according to the CCCHD’s website.

According to health district data, 95 of the county’s 183 cases, of 51.91% of all cases had been released from isolation as of May 21.

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Clark County has 229 cases, four deaths and one probable death, of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s website. The most recent death, an 88-year-old woman who was not connected to any long-term care facility, occurred on Friday, Smales said.

Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said the county is seeing a “surge in cases” with cases doubling from 79 confirmed and nine probable coronavirus cases on May 15 to 161 confirmed and 34 probable coronavirus cases on May 21.

“We are seeing the surge, it’s what we have been waiting and planning on and hoping wouldn’t happen, but of course it is here now,” Patterson said in a Facebook live video on Friday. “We are seeing the surge in cases we expected to see in the first wave. How long this wave will last, is obviously yet to be determined.”

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