COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 5,148 cases of coronavirus confirmed to date in Ohio are located in 83 of 88 counties in the state, with 193 deaths, the Ohio Department of Health reported on Wednesday.
The total was up from 4,782 cases in 81 counties compared with Tuesday, while the number of deaths increased from 167. Wednesday’s report included the first cases for Henry and Jackson counties.
Details for each county, including hospitalizations, deaths and per capita rates are in a table at the bottom of this story.
The number of confirmed cases increased 8% from Tuesday, continuing a recent trend of much smaller increases than in March where daily increases were often more than 20% and sometimes more than 40%.
The state has not released information on the number of current cases, except for those who no longer have coronaviruses. Attempts are being made to follow this more precisely, said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health.
However, health officials have said that the coronavirus often runs its course in 14 days, although severe cases can last longer. Based on estimates of the state of symptom onset, a large number of cases reported to date may no longer exist.
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Of the 5,148 cases confirmed by the state, 193 have died, 2,611 others started in the past two weeks and 2,344 earlier.
Acton said that many more people than expected probably had a coronavirus in Ohio, but testing has been limited. To date, 53,341 tests have been completed, with the tests focusing on the sickest workers and healthcare workers.
The age range for cases confirmed to date is less than 1 to 101 years, with a median age of 54 years.
Almost half of the deaths occurred in people aged 80 and over (93 out of 193, or 48.2%). Another 50 (26%) were 70 years old. Three deaths have been reported before the age of 50.
The 193 deaths are spread across 36 counties, including peaks of 28 in Mahoning County, 23 in Cuyahoga, 16 in Lucas and 14 in Miami. Mahoning made a big leap in Wednesday’s report, against 19 confirmed on Tuesday.
The state said there have been 1,495 hospitalizations (including discharges) and 472 in intensive care units to date. These totals were 1,354 and 417 Tuesday, 1,214 and 346 Monday and 1,104 and 346 Sunday.
Ohio has registered 44 cases per 100,000 people, but some counties have been hit harder than others.
In Mahoning County, which includes Youngstown, the rate is three times higher, at 133.4 cases per 100,000. The highest rates are then found in Miami County (100 per 100,000), Lucas (86 , 6), Cuyahoga (77.7) and Drake (74.3).
The counties with the most cases are the largest in Ohio, Cuyahoga (Cleveland) with 960, Franklin (Columbus) with 761 and Hamilton (Cincinnati) with 437.
The five reported no-counties – Harrison, Hocking, Noble, Putnam and Vinton – are among the least populated in Ohio. Their populations vary from 13,085 to 34,861 inhabitants.
The total number of statewide confirmed cases was 4,782 Monday, 4,043 Sunday, 3,739 Saturday, 3,312 Friday, 2,902 Thursday and 2,547 Wednesday.
The first three cases were confirmed on March 9. The total exceeded 100 on March 19, exceeded 1,000 on March 27, exceeded 2,000 Tuesday and 3,000 Friday. Sunday first scored more than 4,000, then the number reached 5,000 for the first time on Wednesday.
Some numbers may change from day to day. While the state is working to clean up the data, it has sometimes reduced the number of cases in each county from day to day.
The chart below shows what the Ohio Department of Health reported on Sunday. Cleveland.com calculated cases for 100,000 rates based on population estimates from the 2019 census.
Rich exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner. See other stories related to data on cleveland.com/datacentral.
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