Thirty-one counties in Ohio, including Miami County, had a transmission rate of fewer than 100 coronavirus cases. According to ODH, local counties recorded the following transmission rates:
- Clark County: 154.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Warren County: 134.3 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Champaign County: 123.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Preble County: 117.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Butler County: 113.8 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Darke County: 109.6 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Greene County: 102.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Montgomery County: 100.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
- Miami County: 94.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people
Ohio added 1,196 coronavirus cases in the last day and is averaging 1,515 cases a day over the last three weeks.
As cases have continued to drop since the omicron variant’s surge in January, hospitalizations have also plummeted.
Ohio had 954 people hospitalized with COVID as of Thursday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. Of those with the virus, 83 were in west central Ohio and 229 were in southwest Ohio. Less than two months ago, on Jan. 10, Ohio had a record 6,749 COVID patients hospitalized, according to ODH.
Statewide coronavirus inpatients have decreased 85% in the last 60 days, dropping by 84% in west central Ohio and 72% in southwest Ohio, according to OHA.
Medical providers continue to recommend mask wear for high-risk individuals and in settings where physical distancing isn’t an option, the base also said. Patients, visitors and staff are still required to wear masks in Wright-Patterson Medical Center.
Lifting the mandate mirrors recent moves by other big employers, including Dayton city government, a growing number of local school districts and the federal courthouse in Dayton.