Shelby County has third lowest COVID-19 occurrence rate


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY – Shelby County reported the third lowest occurrence rate of COVID-19 cases in the state during the past two weeks, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Health.

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, Shelby County reported 110 new cases of COVID-19. The county had 226.4 cases per 100,000 residents during that two-week span.

Three weeks ago, on Jan. 14, Shelby County had reported the state’s highest occurrence rate of COVID-19 cases in the state with 1,092.8 cases per 100,000 residents. Now only Holmes (209.3) and Noble (173.3) counties are reporting lower occurrence rates.

In total, Shelby County has reported 4,306 cases of COVID-19 with 134 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. The county saw an increase of one hospitalization and one death since last week.

There are 3,994 Shelby County residents who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19, and there are 288 active cases – down from the 459 active cases that were reported last week.

Throughout Ohio there have been 910,847 cases of COVID-19 with 47,110 hospitalizations, 6,800 intensive care admissions and 11,509 deaths.

During Thursday’s press conference, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced there were 4,120 new cases of COVID-19 reported throughout the state in the previous 24 hours. That’s below the 21-day average of 4,931 cases.

Ohio reported 237 new hospitalizations, which is up from the 21-day average of 220. There were 34 new ICU admissions, which is up from the 21-day average of 24. Ohio also reported 79 new deaths, which is up from the 21-day average of 72.

In Shelby County, 2,927 people have received a COVID-19 vaccination, which is 6.02% of the population and up 496 people since last week. Statewide, 953,383 people have been vaccinated, which is 8% of the population.

According to DeWine, Pfizer said it will increase the amount of vaccine available for federal shipment by about 40% around the middle of February. Also, Pfizer reported by the end of March its vaccine shipments to Ohio should double compared to current amounts, which now is 73,000 doses each week.

Moderna doses have increased from 73,200 two weeks ago to 105,600 coming to Ohio next week, DeWine said. The governor expects Moderna vaccine shipments will expand as well.

Vaccines are available for select populations including health care workers, EMS personnel, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and people with certain medical conditions. This week vaccinations became available to Ohioans 70 and older, and next week Ohioans 65 and older will become eligible to receive a vaccine.

Local vaccine providers include the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, Wilson Health, Kroger Pharmacy, Walgreens and CVS.

To receive vaccine notifications from Wilson Health and the Health Department, visit www.shelbycountyhealthdept.org or call 937-498-7249.

To make an appointment with Kroger, visit www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated or call 866-211-5320.

To make an appointment with Walgreens, visit www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19 or call 937-492-5340.

To make an appointment with CVS, visit cvs.com, use the CVS app or call 800-679-9691.

For those 65 and older who need transportation assistance to receive a vaccination, contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or call 866-243-5678.

For more information about COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov and www.shelbycountyhealthdept.org.

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By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.