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COVID cases rise for 8th straight week

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio has increased by nearly eight times in less than two months.

COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Ohioans have risen for eight straight weeks as an omicron variant is spreading rapidly.

Ohio had an 8 percent increase in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents this week compared to last week.

The rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents this week saw much larger increases in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

The eight weeks of increases in the state came after 10 consecutive weeks of declines. Before that, there were 11 straight weeks of increases.

During the past eight weeks, cases in Ohio have increased by 783 percent.

There were 291.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the period between May 12 and Wednesday compared to 269 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 205.7 cases per 100,000 residents two weeks ago, 146.9 cases per 100,000 residents three weeks ago, 111.7 cases per 100,000 residents four weeks ago and 81.5 cases per 100,000 residents five weeks ago.

It hit a record-high 2,154.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on Jan. 20, 18 weeks ago.

Of the state’s 88 counties, 83 had more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents and 53, including Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana, had more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents.

There were 81 counties above 100 cases per 100,000 residents last week, 67 counties above that level two weeks ago, 45 three weeks ago, 22 counties four weeks ago, 10 counties five weeks ago and just one six weeks ago.

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

A total of 19,546 COVID-19 cases were posted in the last week as of Thursday. It was an increase by 10 compared to the 19,536 COVID-19 cases last week. In comparison, it was 15,970 COVID-19 cases two weeks ago, 11,013 COVID-19 cases three weeks ago, 8,731 COVID-19 cases four weeks ago and 6,890 cases five weeks ago.

The latest weekly number averages to more than 2,792 per day for the past seven days.

Also, 38 COVID-19 deaths in the state were reported in the past week as of Thursday.

The state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate has declined from its Jan. 11 peak of 6,729 to 687 Thursday, according to Ohio Hospital Association statistics. But it’s an increase from 640 last week, 524 two weeks ago, 436 three weeks ago and 344 four weeks ago.

VALLEY RATES

Mahoning is ninth in the state this week among the 88 counties with 354.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. It’s up 44 percent from last week.

It was 21st last week with 246.2 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Mahoning was 36th two weeks ago with 149.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 43rd three weeks ago with 102.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 31st four weeks ago with 86.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 30th five weeks ago with 63.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

Trumbull is tied for 25th in the state this week with 278.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. It’s up to 31 percent from last week.

It was 32nd last week with 212.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Trumbull was 47th two weeks ago with 128.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 52nd three weeks ago with 90.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 42nd four weeks ago with 74.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 25th five weeks ago with 66.2 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Columbiana is tied with Trumbull for 25th this week with 278.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. It’s an increase of 28 percent from last week.

It was 30th last week with 217.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Columbiana was 31st two weeks ago with 159 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 33rd three weeks ago with 115.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, 39th four weeks ago with 76.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 37th five weeks ago with 57.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

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

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