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New COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people have been declining in Ohio over the past two weeks.
From Jan. 13-26, the state averaged 1,582 new cases per 100,000 population, down from 2,154.8 in the previous overlapping Jan. 6-19 period.
Washington County has seen an uptick in new cases over this latest period, unlike four surrounding counties.
There were 1,013 new cases recorded in Washington County from Jan. 13-26, up from 981 in the previous two weeks. The county has a population of 59,911 and its rate of cases per 100,000 rose from 1,637.4 to 1,690.8. That moved the county from 77th out of Ohio’s 88 counties to 58th in terms of the highest rate of new cases.
Monroe, Morgan and Noble also rose in the rankings, despite posting fewer new cases.
Monroe, population 13,654, fell from 43rd to 28th, despite a drop in its rate from 2,365.6 per 100,000 (323 cases) to 2,211.8 (302).
Morgan fell from 59th to 42nd but saw 279 cases among its 14,508 residents (1,923.1 per 100,000), down from 284 (1,957.5).
Noble County, with a population of 14,424, had 276 new measured cases in the first period and 235 in the second. Its rate fell from 1,913.5 per 100,000 (64th) to 1,629.2 (62nd).
Athens County’s rate rose to third highest in the state last week, largely due to testing required before Ohio University students can return to class and other activities on the campus. After recording 2,154 new cases from Jan. 6-19, the county recorded 1,513 from Jan. 13-26. Its rate fell from 3,297.3 per 100,000 to 2,316, 22nd in the state.