Coronavirus: Greene County optimistic about flattening of curve, still caution social distancing

Greene County heath officials said they are hoping the recent flattening of the curve representing the trend of county coronavirus cases means the worst could be over locally.

“Our numbers are low. We’re really happy with that,” said Laurie Fox of the Greene County Health Department. “Social distancing is working.”

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According to the Ohio Department of Health, heading into Thursday, the number of total Greene County cases had been stalled at 50 and deaths at five since May 5.

None of the nine reported hospitalized cases remained under hospital care, Fox said.

On Thursday, two more cases and a 10th hospitalized case were reported in the daily update, but local officials remained hopeful the worst was in the past.

“Our epidemiologist seems to think we’ve hit our peak,” Fox said.

This doesn’t mean life should return to pre-COVID-19 normal, while health officials continue to track trends in coming weeks and months.

“We don’t know what this virus is going to do,” Fox said.

Statewide the number of cases continued to rise to 22,131 after Thursday's update, including 4,140 hospitalizations and 1,271 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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Despite pressure, state officials have called for a limited business reopening to be phased in over coming weeks, while urging the use of masks and other preventative measures.

The Greene County Health Department continues to urge everyone to keep taking precautions to protect themselves and their families and to prevent the new virus from spreading further.

“Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Essential travel. Use social distancing,” the health department’s website advisory said Thursday.

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