Shelby County’s COVID cases increase after weeks of decline


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY – After five consecutive weeks of declining COVID-19 cases, Shelby County reported an increase this week along with one new hospitalization and one new death.

In the past two weeks, Shelby County has reported 59.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, which is up from the 37 cases per 100,000 residents it reported last week. Shelby County’s rate is the 11th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties.

Ohio’s COVID-19 case rate is 39.1 cases per 100,000 residents, which is down from the 54.9 cases per 100,000 residents the state reported last week.

In total, Shelby County has reported 4,756 cases of COVID-19 with 159 hospitalizations and 95 deaths during the pandemic. One new hospitalization and one new death were reported since last week.

There are 4,614 Shelby County residents who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19, and there are 47 active cases – up from the 42 active cases that were reported last week.

Throughout Ohio there have been 1,106,064 cases of COVID-19 with 59,777 hospitalizations, 8,201 intensive care admissions and 20,021 resident deaths.

Ohio reported 344 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, which is down from the 21-day average of 539 cases.

Hospitalizations are down with 49 reported in the previous 24 hours compared to the 21-day average of 66, and intensive care admissions are down with six reported in the previous 24 hours compared to the 21-day average of eight.

In Shelby County, 14,028 people have started or completed COVID-19 vaccinations, which is 28.87% of the population and up 207 people since last week. Statewide, 5,423,850 people have been vaccinated, which is 46.4% of the population. All Ohioans 12 and older are eligible for vaccination.

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

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.