The new COVID-19 case rate continued to rise in Ohio, a trend Washington County bucked for the second week in a row.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 334.1 new cases per 100,000 people from June 30 to July 13, up from a rate of 277.4 between June 23 and July 6.
There were 170 new cases among Washington County’s 59,911 residents versus 175 in the earlier period. That caused its rate per 100,000 to go from 292.1 to 283.8, but with other counties seeing increases, Washington slipped from the 33rd highest rate among Ohio’s 88 counties to 61st.
Elsewhere in the area, Athens County, population 65,327, went from 285 new cases (436.3 per 100,000) to 312 (477.6) but its rate went from eighth-highest to ninth.
Morgan County climbed from 20th to 14th with an increase of 17 cases among its 14,508 residents. For the most recent week, it had 65 cases (448 per 100,000), up from 48 (330.9).
Noble County, population 14,424, saw five more cases, 47 to 52, raising its rate from 325.8 to 360.5 per 100,000. But it was outpaced by other counties and dropped from 22nd to 29th in the state.
With 13,654 residents, Monroe County saw 12 additional cases, from 32 in the prior period to 44. That raised its rate from 234.4 per 100,000 (55th) to 322.2 (49th).
In the COVID community levels released weekly by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only Noble was listed as “high,” meaning the agency recommends masks be worn in indoor public places. The other four counties were “medium,” under which the CDC advises people at risk for severe illness to consider masking.
The CDC’s guidance is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days and the number of new COVID hospital admissions and percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID patients, whichever is higher.