If statistics don’t lie, it definitely appears that both Jackson County and Vinton County have turned a major corner in the battle against the deadly and persistent COVID-19 virus.

The most recent reports from the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) and the Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) revealed the most promising numbers since COVID-19 cases spiked in January and continued a gradual decline that has occurred over the past several weeks.

In its latest report issued Monday, Feb. 22, JCHD reported only 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the four-day period covering Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21, which translates to an average of only three cases per day. This rate of case occurrence is about half of the 7.4 cases per day average noted in JCHD’s most recent report covering the seven-day period of Thursday, Feb. 11 through Wednesday, Feb. 17. As of Feb. 17, the 7.4 was the lowest number of average cases in Jackson County since only six cases were reported over the three-day period from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 for an average of only two cases per day.

In yet another positive development, the number of active cases in Jackson County has shrunk to 19 as of Monday, which has tumbled down from the 34 active cases recorded on Feb. 17 and from 45 on Feb. 11. There were also no new deaths to report and the number of virus-related hospitalizations fell from five on Feb. 17 to only two on Monday.

Since Jackson County’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed back on April 7, there has been a total of 2,692 confirmed cases, 172 probable cases in the county, 53 total deaths, and 165 hospitalizations.

Vinton County Cases Ebbing

The latest reports from the Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) regarding COVID-19 cases continue to be positive with only three new cases reported over the past four days.

In its four most recent reports issued last Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19-22, VCHD reported only one new COVID-19 case on Friday, one new case on Saturday, none on Sunday and one on Monday. This comes after the county was averaging only one case every other day for the preceding eight days. Also, the number of active COVID-19 cases decreased from nine on Saturday to only five on Monday. Also, only one Vinton County resident is currently hospitalized due to the virus.

Vinton County gained statewide attention last Thursday, Feb. 18 when Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Vinton County was now the only county in the state no longer considered to be a “high-incidence” county, based on the per capita incidence of local COVID-19 cases.

Since the first two local COVID-19 cases were reported back on April 25 in Vinton County, there has been a total of 682 confirmed cases, 82 probable cases and 15 virus-related deaths in the county.