New coronavirus cases leaped in Ohio in the week ending Saturday, rising 48.2% as 44,516 cases were reported. The previous week had 30,030 new cases.
Ohio ranked No. 22 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 1,017,810 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 33.3% from the week before. Across the country, 48 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Mercer, Putnam and Noble counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Franklin County, with 4,600 cases; Cuyahoga County, with 4,365 cases; and Hamilton County, with 3,338. Weekly case counts rose in 81 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties.
The share of Ohio test results that came back positive was 11.5% in the latest week, compared with 8.9% in the week before, a USA TODAY Network analysis of COVID Tracking Project data shows. In the latest week, 386,107 tests were administered; a week earlier, that figure was 337,228.Experts say it is important to look at the share of tests that come back positive, not just case counts, to get a better idea of whether the rate of new infections is changing or if differences in testing are playing a role.
The World Health Organization says places should be conducting enough tests to have fewer than 5% coming back positive. Places where the percentage is higher could struggle to complete contact tracing soon enough to prevent spread of the virus.
Across Ohio, cases fell in seven counties, with the best declines in Holmes, Putnam and Coshocton counties.
In the state, 208 people died in the latest week. In the previous week, 205 people died.
A total of 290,243 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,714 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 10,903,890 people have tested positive and 245,598 people have died.