Public health warns Montgomery and Greene County schools of recent spike in COVID-19 cases

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Valley Public Health Departments are urging residents about a recent spike in cases. They say the spike is also causing an increase in cases in school districts. Statewide, a 12% increase in hospitalizations occurred over the past week.

Schools in Montgomery County reported a 32% increase in cases and Greene County reported a 24% increase.

“It’s certainly always a challenge among young people as they tend to come together and not just at school, it’s at home, on the playground or other activities with their friends,” said Public Information Officer Dan Suffoletto.

According to the Ohio Department of Health school COVID-19 dashboardAs of Sunday, in Montgomery County, St. Peter’s School has reported 17 new student cases and one staff case, as well as schools in Centerville City and Kettering City have reported 10 new student cases. In Greene County, community schools in the town of Xenia reported 12 new student cases and three staff cases.

Public health staff in Dayton and Montgomery County say they believe community spread is behind the increase in the number of schools, but it’s mostly COVID fatigue.

“There is a certain fatigue related to COVID when people don’t take any precautions and act like things are before COVID and that’s something we don’t want to do, even if you’re vaccinated,” Suffoletto said.

The coronavirus dashboard says about 54 percent of residents of Montgomery and Greene counties have started the vaccination process.

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