COVID-19 cases skyrocket 75.5% in Franklin County in a week
Amid the fast-spreading omicron variant, new coronavirus cases jumped by more than three quarters in Franklin County in the week ending Sunday compared to the previous seven days.
Franklin County reported 8,368 COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 4,769 cases and zero deaths, an increase of 75.5% in new cases.
Throughout the pandemic, Franklin County has seen a total 197,453 cases and 1,922 deaths.
COVID-19 in Ohio: The latest numbers on cases, deaths, vaccinations
Christmas significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and when government agencies reported results. Some cases and deaths that would have been reported last week might be reported in the coming week, which itself will have testing and reporting disrupted by New Year's. Consequently week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.
Nonetheless, reported new cases also rose in most of the surrounding counties, but not at the rate seen in Franklin County.
Delaware County reported 1,123 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 779 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 29,995 cases and 197 deaths.
Fairfield County reported 797 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 671 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 26,967 cases and 310 deaths.
Licking County reported 796 cases and five deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,515 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 29,903 cases and 362 deaths.
Pickaway County reported 247 cases and five deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 237 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 13,032 cases and 163 deaths.
Union County reported 291 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 239 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 10,403 cases and 79 deaths.
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Statewide, new coronavirus cases in Ohio rose 29% last week as 84,768 cases were reported. The previous week had 65,729 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Ohio ranked sixth 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 coronavirus cases in the United States increased 47% from the week before, with 1,388,833 cases reported. With 3.51% of the country's population, Ohio had 6.1% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 26 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Cuyahoga County with 1,835 cases per 100,000 per week; Lake County with 1,360; and Lorain County with 1,314. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Cuyahoga County, with 22,663 cases; Franklin County, with 8,368 cases; and Summit County, with 6,377. Weekly case counts rose in 39 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Summit counties.
Ohio ranked 43rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 60.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 72.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Thursday, Ohio reported administering another 360,070 vaccine doses, including 49,540 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 385,683 vaccine doses, including 57,336 first doses. In all, Ohio reported it has administered 15,679,874 total doses.
Across Ohio, cases fell in 47 counties, with the best declines in Licking County, with 796 cases from 1,515 a week earlier; in Clermont County, with 803 cases from 1,433; and in Hamilton County, with 3,858 cases from 4,381.
In Ohio, 443 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 46 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,931,908 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 28,720 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 52,280,854 people have tested positive and 816,609 people have died.
Ohio's COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Dec. 26.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 6,296
- The week before that: 6,388
- Four weeks ago: 5,152
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 99,084
- The week before that: 90,677
- Four weeks ago: 76,315
Hospitals in 18 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 28 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 29 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.