CINCINNATI – Tri-State COVID-19 community transmission is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where 10 counties in the Tri-State area are once again reaching the highest level of risk of spreading the virus.
All counties in our region have again reached moderate, significant or high levels of risk, according to CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker.
These are the counties in the CDC’s highest level of societal transfer risk:
The risk of transmission in the Community is measured by two factors: the number of new cases per year. 100,000 people in the last seven days and the percentage of positive tests in the last seven days. In Hamilton County, the number of positive COVID tests was e.g. 12.26% within the last 7 days, which led to the designation “High”. New cases per 100,000 was 95.91.
This is a side-by-side look at where Tri-State cases were a month ago compared to where they are now:
According to experts, the next wave is likely to be caused by a COVID mutation called BA.2. It is thought to be 30% more contagious than omicron. Health officials said the wave will be bigger than it looks because cases are extremely underreported due to multiple home tests.
While the risk of transferring society in parts of the Tri-State is now high, in general COVID-19 levels of society in each county in our area is still in the lowest possible category of the CDC.
COVID-19 community level is determined by the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days and the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The CDC uses this information to determine guidance on what precautions are needed, such as masking.
Despite the increase, the numbers are nowhere near what we saw just a few months ago in December and January.
Ohio updates its COVID-19 data every Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. click HERE to go to the Ohio dashboard.
Kentucky updates its COVID-19 data every Monday, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. click HERE to go to Kentucky’s dashboard.
Indiana updates its COVID-19 data three times a week, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard website. click HERE to go to the Indiana dashboard.
The national influence
The United States reached a tragic milestone on Monday, as reported by the CDC one million COVID-19 deaths less than 3 years after the outbreak.
Last week Biden Administration announced COVID-19 killed one million Americans.
“Each one an irreplaceable loss,” President Biden said in a statement.
“I know the pain of the black hole in your heart. It’s relentless. But I also know that those you love are never really gone. They will always be with you.”
President Biden warned that we as a nation must not become numb to such grief.
“We must remain vigilant in the face of this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have done with more tests, vaccines and treatments than ever before,” he said.
The President added that it is vital for Congress to act and work to sustain these resources in the coming months.
- From kl. At 18:14 on May 13, the World Health Organization reported 991,595 U.S. deaths due to COVID-19.
- From kl. At 11 a.m. on May 16, Johns Hopkins University reported 999,607 U.S. deaths due to COVID-19.
From kl. 11 a.m. on May 16, the CDC has not updated its website data to reflect one million deaths. The number is still around 997,000.
President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders on one COVID-19 Summit Thursday to revive a lame international commitment to attack the virus, the Associated Press reported. He also ordered flags lowered to half pole.
“This pandemic is not over,” Biden said at the second global pandemic summit. He spoke solemnly about the once unimaginable American death toll.
The United States is believed to be the first nation to reach 1 million COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, the virus is thought to be the cause of over 6 million deaths.
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