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COVID rates increase 0.7 percent

Ohio saw an increase of less than 1 percent in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents this week.

The number of total COVID-19 cases in the state decreased this week compared to last week, but the Ohio Department of Health uses a two-week period when determining cases per 100,000 residents.

It was the sixth straight week that COVID-19 cases per 100,000 were up.

But the increase was 0.7 percent compared to last week.

Also, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state Thursday hit its highest mark since Feb. 22, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

Since July 14, the daily total number of people in Ohio hospitals with COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 after going more than four months below that.

There were 441.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the two-week period between July 21 and Wednesday compared to 438.5 cases per 100,000 last week, according to data provided Thursday by the ODH.

Cases per 100,000 haven’t been that high since 481 were reported Feb. 10 by the ODH.

Local counties saw large increases this week with Mahoning and Trumbull having higher case rates than the state.

COVID-19 hospitalizations were at 1,275 on Thursday, according to OHA statistics. It’s been more than 1,000 daily for 22 straight days.

Also, 98 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state in the past week.

The six consecutive weeks of increases in cases per 100,000 Ohioans come after four straight weeks of modest decreases. Before that, there were eight weeks of increases and prior to that, 10 consecutive weeks of declines.

Ohio had 391.4 cases per 100,000 residents two weeks ago, 334.1 cases per 100,000 residents three weeks ago, 277.4 cases per 100,000 residents four weeks ago and 253.2 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.

Of the state’s 88 counties, 87 had more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents and 83 exceeded 300 cases per 100,000.

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

A total of 27,785 new COVID-19 cases were reported statewide in the past week as of Thursday. That is down from 29,876 COVID-19 cases reported last week.

But with the ODH reporting cases per 100,000 Ohioans over a two-week period, that figure saw a tiny increase because 26,610 COVID-19 cases were reported two weeks ago. There were 24,465 COVID-19 cases reported three weeks ago, 18,838 COVID-19 cases four weeks ago and 17,225 COVID-19 cases five weeks ago.

VALLEY RATES

Mahoning is 34th in the state this week among 88 counties with 486.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

It was 51st last week with 413.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Trumbull is 51st in the state this week with 451.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. It was 55th last week with 406.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Columbiana is 65th this week with 397.5 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

It was 71st last week with 349.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

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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