Ross County's COVID cases up 74.7%; Ohio cases surge 45.6%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

New coronavirus cases leaped in Ohio in the week ending Sunday, rising 45.6% as 30,909 cases were reported. The previous week had 21,227 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Ohio ranked 27th 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 increased 5.4% from the week before, with 1,086,936 cases reported. With 3.51% of the country's population, Ohio had 2.84% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ross County reported 325 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 186 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 7,784 cases and 167 deaths.

Pike County reported 210 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 93 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,881 cases and 38 deaths.

Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Pike County with 756 cases per 100,000 per week; Highland County with 751; and Adams County with 718. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Franklin County, with 2,736 cases; Cuyahoga County, with 2,275 cases; and Montgomery County, with 1,865. Weekly case counts rose in 85 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Franklin, Montgomery and Cuyahoga counties.

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Ohio ranked 38th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 52.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 61.6%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Ohio reported administering another 137,974 vaccine doses, including 66,854 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 134,739 vaccine doses, including 70,017 first doses. In all, Ohio reported it has administered 11,602,682 total doses.

Across Ohio, cases fell in three counties, with the best declines in Columbiana County, with 249 cases from 280 a week earlier; in Sandusky County, with 138 cases from 143; and in Putnam County, with 63 cases from 66.

In Ohio, 110 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, zero people were were reported dead.

A total of 1,211,895 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 20,799 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 38,796,746 people have tested positive and 637,531 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 29.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 3,916
  • The week before that: 3,779
  • Four weeks ago: 2,417

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 130,817
  • The week before that: 126,409
  • Four weeks ago: 83,804

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

A nurse cares for a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Aug. 24.