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Area ZIP codes saw a decrease in COVID cases following school mask mandates

Oct. 14—Coronavirus cases decreased in Montgomery County ZIP codes where school districts mandated face masks, said a Dayton Children’s Hospital official.

“What we’ve been trying to do is partner closely with our school systems in town and with our local health department,”During a Thursday press conference, Dr. Adam Mezoff was the Dayton Children’s Hospital Chief Medicine Officer.

The hospital uses ZIP code data to match it up with schools that have both mandatory and optional masking.

“In last several weeks, since many schools have been trying to help out by going to mandatory masking mandates, we have found the incidence in COVID in those schools has decreased by 67%,”Mezoff stated. “In the schools that are not mandatory masking, the incidence has actually gone up by 30%.”

According to the Ohio Department of Health, Wednesday’s 45354 ZIP code was in Phillipsburg and had 2,631.6 cases per 100 people in the past month. It is the highest in Montgomery County. The second highest number was 2,362.1 cases for every 100,000 in 45327. This covers Germantown and southwest Montgomery County.

According to ODH, in the last two weeks the 45327 zip code had the most cases per 100 people in the county (961.9), The ZIP code 45354 was not listed.

Both Northmont City Schools (and Valley View Local Schools), which serve Phillipsburg, and the Germantown regions, respectively, are mandated face masks. The Dayton Daily News requested data showing that Northmont had approved 73 maskValley View 179.

Mezoff said that while Dayton Children’s didn’t initially see a lot of COVID-19 sufferers, the delta variant was a great option. “game changer”The pediatric world.

“Now, we regularly have anywhere between 10 to 15 [COVID patients],”He said.

Even a slight increase of coronavirus patients can put additional strain on health workers because of staffing issues.

“Even if our hospital isn’t 40% full of COVID patients that extra 10% or 20% is tipping us over the edge with what we are able to do,”Mezoff stated. “…As this virus mutates, as we see new forms of it we’re seeing that affect different populations in different ways. It is absolutely contributing to a large overflow of patients in pediatric hospitals.”

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Dayton Children’s also saw six patients with multisystem inflammatory disorder (MIS-C) in the last two days. This is a rare but serious condition that can lead to death.

“What the tells me is as we get further into this surge of COVID, we’re seeing the long-term complications that COVID can bring to children,”Mezoff stated.

He stressed the importance to have children who are eligible get vaccinated for COVID-19.

“To date, we’ve had no child admitted to our hospital with COVID that has been vaccinated,”He said.

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