COVID-19 cases continue to creep upward in Ohio, vaccination rate just below US average
New coronavirus cases increased in 4.4% in Ohio in the latest week ending Sunday as the state added 12,389 cases. The previous week had 11,872 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Ohio ranked 25th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 442,981 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 0.1% from the week before. Across the country, 25 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Many states, including Ohio, did not report cases on Easter. That will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.
Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Belmont, Hancock and Clark counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Cuyahoga County, with 1,685 cases; Franklin County, with 1,607 cases; and Summit County, with 784. Weekly case counts rose in 44 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Greene counties.
Ohio ranked 32nd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 30.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 30.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
In the week ending Friday, Ohio reported administering another 726,097 vaccine doses, compared to 681,142 the week before that. In all, Ohio reported it has administered 5,531,731 doses.
Across Ohio, cases fell in 40 counties, with the best declines in Butler, Huron and Lorain counties.
In Ohio, 34 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, eight people were reported dead.
A total of 1,024,011 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 18,643 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 30,706,126 people have tested positive and 555,001 people have died.
Ohio COVID-19 cases by county
Ohio vaccine tracker
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