Local Facts on COVID-19

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    Page One of Friday's Daily Record (10.2.2020) carried a Covid story that reported various facts for Wayne, Ashland, Holmes and Richland counties.
    It is well worth adding some additional facts from the same Ohio Dept. of Health dashboard.
    In summary, there continues to be a heavy focus on total numbers from the outset of tracking these facts in Mid-March.
    Unfortunately the reader is not informed of recent fact trends, even though that is the thrust of these, and many other articles, in the reporting media.
    Let's have a look at these unreported facts, without interpretation and commentary.
    It should be noted that there may be a lag of a week or more until data is posted.
    Wayne County had these references in the article: "The only indicator Wayne met in the most recent 14-day period analyzed was non-congregate cases. Its cases per 100,000 population is 38.9 cases and 45 cases over the past two weeks. Cumulatively, the county has had 961 cases, 87 hospitalizations, 817 presumed recovered and 68 deaths."  And this phrase: ". . .Wayne County is at Level 1 (yellow — active exposure and spread)."
The state's dashboard reports that Wayne County has had an onset of 158 cases from September 1 through October 2. Seven of these cases required hospitalization and there were five deaths.
    Ashland County had this subtitle headline: "Ashland County remains under a Level 3 emergency"
The article contains this snippet on Ashland County: "Ashland County remains under a Level 3 public emergency (red on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System map) for the second week in a row. . ."
According to the state's dashboard Ashland County experienced onset of 100 Covid cases from September 1 through October 2. Four of these cases have required hospitlization and one person died, on September 27, during this time period. 
    Holmes County had these lines in the article:  "Holmes County is at Level 2 (orange — increased exposure and spread with high degree of caution suggested to be exercised). . ."
Also this: "Between Sept. 16 and 29, Holmes County had 52.3 cases per 100,000 population and 23 new cases — one of two indicators it met, the other being a majority of its cases tracing back to non-congregate settings. As of Thursday, Holmes County has had 464 cumulative cases, 37 hospitalizations, 360 presumed recovered and 16 deaths."
According to the state's dashboard Holmes County experienced onset of 45 Covid cases from September 1 through October 2. Four of these cases have required hospitalization and two persons died.
    Richland County had these lines:"Richland County moved up to Level 3 this week. It has 78.4 cases per 100,000 population between Sept.16 and 29 and 95 cases. It has met six of the seven indicators."
According to the state's dashboard Richland County experienced onset of 285 Covid cases from September 1 through October 2. Forty-one of these cases have required hospitalization and one person has died.