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WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio sets new records as cases surge

Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, Ohio reported 12,047 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's the most cases reported in a week since the pandemic began.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio set records last week, and not in a good way. 

Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, Ohio reported 12,047 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's the most cases reported in a week since the pandemic began. Previously, the week of July 12 held the record with 9,356 new cases in a week. 

This month, the state broke its single-day record for new cases four times. 

  • Oct. 9: 1,734 cases
  • Oct. 14: 1,880 cases
  • Oct. 15: 2,069 cases 
  • Oct. 17: 2,137 cases

Last week in numbers

  • Of Ohio’s 171,245 total reported confirmed cases, 16,319 are presumed to be active infections.
  • There have been 654 new hospitalizations; a total of 17,061 people have been hospitalized to date.
  • In the past week, 70 people have died due to COVID-19. The state has reported 4,759 confirmed deaths to date.
  • Ohio is reporting 6,872 people have recovered from the virus in the past week. The state has reported 150,167 total recovered cases. 

Ohio Public Health Advisory System map

During his Thursday briefing, DeWine released an updated map for the state's Public Health Advisory System. There are now 29 counties in Level 3 "red" — the most since the map was released. As of Thursday, 52 counties were considered "high incidence" meaning the county has seen more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks. 

There are now seven counties in Level 1, down from 12 counties last week and 26 counties the week before. 

Locally, Mahoning County remained "red" on the alert map. Trumbull County returned to "orange."

In describing the reasons for the spread, DeWine said local health departments noted less and less mask compliance. 

"People are complacent when they're comfortable," said DeWine, explaining coronavirus has been spreading at small gatherings of families and friends.

"This is the worst situation Ohio has been in," he said somberly, but he has no plans to reverse Ohio's reopening and instead continued pleading with Ohioans to wear masks. 

DeWine said if at least 85 percent of the state donned masks, “this winter could be a lot easier.” Holding up his mask, he called it “Our ticket for our kids to play ball. It’s our ticket for kids to be in school in-person. It’s our ticket to be able to go out and about.

“If enough of us wear it, we’ll have the ability to do that. If we don’t, it’s going to be a tough winter. The choice lies with us.”

Testing

  • The recent volume of virus testing statewide continued slight gains over the week. So far this month, agencies statewide administered an average of 7,141 more tests per day than in September.
  • From Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, the percent of positive tests jumped 1.5 percent, the largest single-day jump in positivity since July 7. 
  • The average percent of positive tests continues an upward trend that began Sept. 24, when positivity was at an all-time low.

The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 4.7 percent on Friday. That’s above the average 2.7 percent reported on Sept. 24, which was the lowest since the pandemic began. That average percent peaked on April 20 at 23.6 percent.

Coronavirus week by week

Here's a breakdown of how each complete week of the pandemic has looked like in Ohio so far. Data in bold reflect the peaks in new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and ICU admissions. 

March 15 to March 21

  • New cases: 221
  • New deaths: 3

March 22 to March 28

  • New cases: 1,159
  • New deaths: 22
  • New hospitalizations: 261
  • New ICU admissions: 123 

March 29 to April 4

  • New cases: 2,333
  • New deaths: 77
  • New hospitalizations: 662
  • New ICU admissions: 203

April 5 to April 11

  • New cases: 2,448
  • New deaths: 140
  • New hospitalizations: 853
  • New ICU admissions: 246

April 12 to April 18

  • New cases: 3,752
  • New deaths: 192
  • New hospitalizations: 660
  • New ICU admissions: 188

April 19 to April 25

  • New cases: 5,044
  • New deaths: 237
  • New hospitalizations: 596
  • New ICU admissions: 178

April 26 to May 2

  • New cases: 3,554
  • New deaths: 279
  • New hospitalizations: 581
  • New ICU admissions: 128

May 3 to May 9

  • New cases: 4,023
  • New deaths: 264
  • New hospitalizations: 604
  • New ICU admissions: 134

May 10 to May 16

  • New cases: 3,276
  • New deaths: 243
  • New hospitalizations: 570
  • New ICU admissions: 100

May 17 to May 23

  • New cases: 3,452
  • New deaths: 299
  • New hospitalizations: 567
  • New ICU admissions: 129

May 24 to May 30

  • New cases: 3,351
  • New deaths: 182
  • New hospitalizations: 574
  • New ICU admissions: 119

May 31 to June 6

  • New cases: 2,769
  • New deaths: 210
  • New hospitalizations: 449
  • New ICU admissions: 102

June 7 to June 13 

  • New cases: 2,485
  • New deaths: 176
  • New hospitalizations: 404
  • New ICU admissions: 104

June 14 to June 20 

  • New cases: 3,169
  • New deaths: 136
  • New hospitalizations: 337
  • New ICU admissions: 79

June 21 to June 27

  • New cases: 4,907
  • New deaths: 101
  • New hospitalizations: 423
  • New ICU admissions: 83

June 28 to July 4 

  • New cases: 6,519
  • New deaths: 96
  • New hospitalizations: 487
  • New ICU admissions: 136

July 5 to July 11

  • New cases: 7,840 
  • New deaths: 123
  • New hospitalizations: 659
  • New ICU admissions: 116

July 12 to July 18

  • New cases: 9,356
  • New deaths: 95
  • New hospitalizations: 743
  • New ICU admissions: 143

July 19 to July 25 

  • New cases: 9,050
  • New deaths: 164
  • New hospitalizations: 632
  • New ICU admissions: 126

July 26 to Aug. 1

  • New cases: 8,484
  • New deaths: 207
  • New hospitalizations: 785
  • New ICU admissions: 138

Aug. 2 to Aug. 8

  • New cases: 7,453
  • New deaths: 150
  • New hospitalizations: 569
  • New ICU admissions: 97

Aug. 9 to Aug. 15

  • New cases: 7,345
  • New deaths: 150
  • New hospitalizations: 784
  • New ICU admissions: 113

Aug. 16 to Aug. 22

  • New cases: 6,117
  • New deaths: 148
  • New hospitalizations: 568
  • New ICU admissions: 109

Aug. 23 to Aug. 29

  • New cases: 6,778
  • New deaths: 150
  • New hospitalizations: 539
  • New ICU admissions: 78

Aug. 30 to Sept. 5

  • New cases: 8,168
  • New deaths: 127
  • New hospitalizations: 520
  • New ICU admissions: 80

Sept. 6 to Sept. 12

  • New cases: 6,374
  • New deaths: 149
  • New hospitalizations: 476
  • New ICU admissions: 56

Sept. 13 to Sept. 19 

  • New cases: 6,347
  • New deaths: 198
  • New hospitalizations: 466
  • New ICU admissions: 87

Sept. 20 to Sept. 26

  • New cases: 5,871
  • New deaths: 123
  • New hospitalizations: 435
  • New ICU admissions: 72

Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

  • New cases: 7,221
  • New deaths: 178
  • New hospitalizations: 550
  • New ICU admissions: 72

Oct. 4 to Oct. 10

  • New cases: 8,872
  • New deaths: 72
  • New hospitalizations: 620
  • New ICU admissions: 106

Oct. 11 to Oct. 17

  • New cases: 12,047
  • New deaths: 70
  • New hospitalizations: 654
  • New ICU admissions: 114


Jess Hardin

About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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