Ohio reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 14,536 new cases. That’s down 29.3% from the previous week’s tally of 20,552 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Ohio ranked 18th 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 decreased 0.6% from the week before, with 401,433 cases reported. With 3.51% of the country’s population, Ohio had 3.62% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 17 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Muskingum County reported 120 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 182 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 29,533 cases and 302 deaths.
Perry County reported 51 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 73 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,696 cases and 130 deaths.
Across Ohio, cases fell in 85 counties, with the best declines in Franklin County, with 1,398 cases from 1,946 a week earlier; in Cuyahoga County, with 1,694 cases from 2,175; and in Hamilton County, with 794 cases from 1,200. â€‹
Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Noble County with 305 cases per 100,000 per week; Pike County with 277; and Lawrence County with 259. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
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Ohio’s COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Sept. 25. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state: