The state continues an alarming trend of very high COVID-19 cases – seeing the number rise more than 25 times what it was about two months ago.
The state was at 683.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population for the period between September 2 and Wednesday, according to statistics provided by the Ohio Department of Health on Friday.
By comparison, the state was at 27 cases per 100,000 population on July 15 – just nine weeks ago.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers 100 cases per 100,000 to be areas of high transmission for COVID-19 and recommends face masks indoors in public places.
Ohio has 25 counties with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people, the lowest of the state’s 88 counties being Holmes with 389 cases per 100,000 people.
Just one county in the state exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 on July 15.
The state was at 582.4 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population last week and 472.4 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 two weeks ago.
It was 338.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population three weeks ago. Four weeks ago it was 259.2 cases per 100,000 and 194.2 cases five weeks ago.
The rapidly spreading delta variant among the unvaccinated is almost entirely responsible for the increase in the number of cases in Ohio since mid-July, said Dr Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the ODH.
The latest ODH ranking by county has Trumbull with the ninth fewest cases, with Mahoning in the bottom quarter and Columbiana near the middle among the state’s 88 counties.
All three counties, like the rest of the state, continue to see an increase in the number of cases in the past two months.
Mahoning is 68th in the state with 630.6 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
He was 71st last week with 467 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population, 66th two weeks ago with 377.8 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 and 56th three weeks ago with 306.5 cases of COVID -19 per 100,000. Four weeks ago, it was 62nd with 220.4 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population and 66th five weeks ago with 158.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
Trumbull is 80th this week with 484.9 cases per 100,000.
Last week it was 85th with 322.8 cases per 100,000 population. Two weeks ago, it was 86th with 266.2 cases per 100,000 and 87th three weeks with 203.6 cases per 100,000 population. It was 75th four weeks ago with 198 cases per 100,000 population and 64th five weeks ago with 162.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
Columbiana is 52nd this week with 776.4 cases per 100,000 population.
It was 58th last week with 552.6 cases per 100,000 population. It was the 61st two weeks with 413.2 cases per 100,000 population and the 34th three weeks ago with 398.5 cases per 100,000 population.
Four weeks ago it was 25th with 333.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population and five weeks ago it was 52nd in the state with 172.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
The ODH measures cases per 100,000 people among counties to get a fair comparison, as the total number of cases would result in higher ranking of more populous counties.
Meanwhile, Governor Mike DeWine said on Friday that nearly 58% of public schools in the state impose face masks in their buildings. Three days earlier, DeWine reported the number at 54.4%.
DeWine will not reimpose a mask mandate, saying his fellow Republican in the state legislature would simply veto and that could cause confusion. But he urges school districts to require face masks for everyone inside their buildings.
The 8,447 new COVID-19 cases on Friday are up from the daily average of 6,349 for the past 21 days, according to the ODH.
The state has passed 5,500 daily cases in 15 of the past 18 days and topped 7,000 cases in seven of the past nine days, according to ODH data.
Friday’s total includes 380 cases in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties combined.
About two months ago, all of Ohio had an average of 260 cases per day.
As of Friday, the state had a total of 1,336,061 COVID-19 cases with 1,189,438 presumed cured and 21,471 deaths.
The ODH typically provides information on deaths on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There have been 206 deaths from COVID-19 since Tuesday, a three-day high in the state. This includes eight in Mahoning and two in Trumbull counties.
There were 6,221,395 people, 53.22% of the state’s population, who had at least started getting vaccinated by 6 a.m. on Friday, including 11,898 in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH. .
In Mahoning County, 51.39% of the population (117,524 people) had received at least one dose with 49.12% of the population in Trumbull County (97,252 people) and 41.76% in the county. Columbiana (42,542 people) at 6 a.m. Friday, according to the ODH.
There were 5,755,992 people, 49.24 percent of the state’s population, who completed vaccinations Friday at 6 a.m., including 12,599 in the previous 24 hours.
In Mahoning County, 47.61% of the population (108,877 people) had completed the process and 45.19% of the population of Trumbull (89,474 people) and 38.77% of the population of Columbiana (39,503 people) had done so at 6 a.m. on Friday.
The Trumbull County Combined Health District has COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Eastwood Mall in Niles from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 25.