Ashtabula County’s COVID-19 numbers have dropped significantly from their most recent high in May, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
A total of 21,411 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Ashtabula County since the onset of the pandemic, according to the ODH.
ODH reports a total of 1,256 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 432 COVID-19 deaths in Ashtabula County since the onset of the pandemic.
Across the country, there have been 2.8 million COVID-19 cases, 118,756 hospitalizations and 38,778 deaths.
Nationally, there have been approximately 86.5 million COVID-19 cases and more than one million deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Ashtabula County Health Commissioner Jay Becker said the number of COVID-19 cases is flattening out.
Becker said in weekly calls with the state that questions about when COVID-19 will move from being a pandemic to an endemic one arise a lot.
“It’s going to come down from the CDC, and they are not ready to come up with that announcement yet,” Becker said.
Pandemics are global and widespread, while endemics are localized.
The number of cases must fall further before COVID-19 can be considered an endemic, Becker said.
In the week ending June 17, there were 51 new COVID-19 cases in the Ashtabula County Health Department’s jurisdiction.
That number is far above endemic diseases in the county, Becker said.
“We still need to get those numbers down, we are not there yet,” he said.
The Ashtabula County Heath Department continues to encourage people to get vaccinated and keep up to date with their vaccinations.
“Everyone still needs to be aware of their surroundings and how they feel from day to day,” Becker said. People who have COVID-19 symptoms should wear a mask and consider getting tested.
“I want to tell someone who has some tests in your linen closet so you can pull one out if you’re not feeling well, because it will give you a lot of information,” Becker said.