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COVID-19 cases see fast rise

COVID-19 cases in Ohio are continuing a rapid rise to numbers that haven’t been seen in more than three months.

This was the seventh straight week with an increase in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Ohioans.

During those seven weeks, COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Ohioans has increased by 723 percent.

Ohio had a 31 percent increase in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents this week compared with last week.

The seven weeks of increases came after 10 consecutive weeks of declines. Before that, 11 straight weeks of increases were recorded.

There were 269 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the period between May 5 and Wednesday compared to 205.7 cases per 100,000 last week, according to data provided Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

The cases per 100,000 is the highest for Ohio since Feb. 10.

Ohio had 146.9 cases per 100,000 residents two weeks ago, 111.7 cases per 100,000 residents three weeks ago, 81.5 cases per 100,000 residents four weeks ago and 56.6 cases per 100,000 residents five weeks ago.

It hit a record high 2,154.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents 17 weeks ago.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH director, said: “It’s true that COVID-19 cases have increased nationally and in Ohio in recent weeks as a result of omicron and its subvariants.” But he added the state is doing “well” in comparison to its record-high case numbers in January.

Of the state’s 88 counties, 81, including Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana, had more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents. There were 67 counties above that level last week, 45 two weeks ago, 22 counties three weeks ago, 10 counties four weeks ago and just one five weeks ago.

The ODH switched March 13 from daily to weekly reports. The reports are provided on Thursdays.

There were a total of 19,536 COVID-19 cases in the last week as of Thursday. In comparison, there were 15,970 COVID-19 cases last week, 11,013 COVID-19 cases two weeks ago, 8,731 COVID-19 cases three weeks ago, 6,890 cases four weeks ago and 4,808 cases five weeks ago.

The latest weekly number averages to more than 2,790 per day for the past seven days. The state hasn’t seen numbers that high since early February.

Also, 40 COVID-19 deaths in the state were reported in the last week as of Thursday.

The state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate has declined from its Jan. 11 peak of 6,729 to 640 Thursday, according to Ohio Hospital Association statistics. But it’s an increase from 524 last week, 436 two weeks ago and 344 three weeks ago.

VALLEY RATES

The rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents this week increased in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, but all are below the state number.

Mahoning is 21st in the state this week among the 88 counties with 246.2 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

It was 36th last week with 149.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Mahoning was 43rd two weeks ago with 102.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 31st three weeks ago with 86.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 30th four weeks ago with 63.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 46th five weeks ago with 39.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

Trumbull is 32nd in the state this week with 212.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

It was 47th last week with 128.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Trumbull was 52nd two weeks ago with 90.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 42nd three weeks ago with 74.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 25th four weeks ago with 66.2 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 26th five weeks ago with 54 cases per 100,000.

Columbiana is 30th this week with 217.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

It was 31st last week with 159 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Columbiana was 33rd two weeks ago with 115.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 39th three weeks ago with 76.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 37th four weeks ago with 57.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 64th five weeks ago with 29.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

The ODH measures cases per 100,000 residents among counties to get a fair comparison because total cases would likely result in more-populous counties ranking higher.

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