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Area counties’ new COVID-19 case rates declined, as did the state’s, according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Health.

Morgan County remained near the bottom of the county rankings, with 275.7 per 100,000, which was 82nd in the state, or the seventh lowest.

That works out to 40 new cases between Aug. 4-17 among the county’s 14,508 residents. From July 28 to Aug. 10, the county posted 41 new cases for a rate of 282.6, 84th in the state.

Monroe County was the next lowest, posting 47 cases in the last two weeks for a rate of 344.2 per 100,000 (66th). he county of 13,654 residents was 59th in the preceding two-week span, with 56 new cases and a rate of 410.1.

Monroe County also moved to “low” on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Community Levels metric, which makes recommendations on whether people should wear masks. In counties rated low, residents are advised to stay up to date with vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms, but masks are only recommended on public transportation, if an individual has symptoms or if someone has been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

The Community Level is calculated weekly and released on Thursdays.

Morgan County dropped to medium — in which people at greater risk of severe illness are advised to consult with their health care provider about masking — from high, where people are advised to wear masks in indoor, public places.

Washington County remained high, and Athens County stayed at medium, while Noble County moved from medium to high.

Washington County, population 59,911, ranked 63rd in the state with a rate of 353.9 per 100,000 on 212 new cases in the last two weeks.

In the prior period, the county had 267 new cases for a rate of 445.7 that ranked 38th.

Noble County dropped from 19th in the state (547.7 per 100,000) to 37th (416). The number of new cases among its 14,424 residents went from 79 to 60.

Athens County, population 65,327, ranked 28th with a rate of 436.3 per 100,000 (285 new cases), down from 26th at 491.4 (321).

The statewide rate was 376.9 per 100,000, down from 408.6.

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