Greene County announces surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks

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GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Greene County Public Health (GCPH) has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks due to clusters of cases at rehabilitation and assisted living facilities, as well as an uptick in cases at universities.

GCPH said in a press release that Harmony Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, Xenia Health and Rehab and Heartland of Beavercreek all had a significant increase, to a total of 41 residents and 19 employees have been affected between the three.

Greene County Health Department

The cases began surfacing around Aug. 25 and were also impacted by students from out-of-county universities that were isolated in Greene County, as well as some local universities.

Wright State University has seen 17 positive cases of COVID-19 since early August, 15 of those were students. Central State University has reported six positive cases, all students. Cedarville University has 10 positive cases that are also all students.

“I think someone in the age range of a college student may not appreciate their own mortality,” said Central State University Medical Director Karen Mathews.

Central State University had their students sign a commitment pledge to agree to meet CDC guidelines during their professional and personal lives to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We try to educate and inform them that it’s not just about them,” said Mathews. “They are their brother’s keeper, their sister’s keeper so they are actually wearing the mask to protect the person passing by them, to protect their neighbor and to protect their own family.”

Cedarville University was proactive in informing the surrounding neighborhoods of the precautions they’re taking.

“We actually mailed a postcard to all the residents in Cedarville so they were aware of our protocols and how we were planning and preparing,” said Cedarville University Vice President of Marketing and Communications Janice Supplee.  “So again, I think by giving people information, letting them know how you are preparing that can relieve some of the concern. I want people to know we are a  part of this community and we want to serve our community well.”

Wright State University only issued the following statement:

  • Wright State University continues to take a thoughtful and proactive approach to protecting the safety and well-being of its students and employees during this pandemic by drastically reducing the human footprint on its campuses. 
  • The university is continuing to deliver 70% of its classes remote or online, encouraging employees to continue to work remotely, and has less than half the students living in its residence halls than there is capacity. Further the university is extremely proud to report that compliance with safety measures to include mask-wearing and physical distancing remains very high among students and employees. 

All of the universities have their respective websites with their coronavirus updates.

Across the county, 15 people are hospitalized due to the coronavirus. In total, there have been 1,284 cases but only 25 are currently active. There are an additional 289 people undergoing surveillance.

The only six deaths reported in Greene County have been linked to long term care facilities. Click here to visit the county’s health alert page.

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