Hamilton County's COVID-19 cases up 33.5% in a week

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The rise in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant has yet to show any signs of levelling off in Greater Cincinnati. Hamilton County reported 17,112 cases and 15 deaths in the week ending Sunday, an increase of 33.5% in new cases. A week earlier, the county had reported 12,815 cases and two deaths.

Throughout the pandemic, Hamilton County has reported 164,741 cases and 1,699 deaths.

Cases were also up in neighboring counties for the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Butler County reported 8,339 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 4,168 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 77,779 cases and 924 deaths.

Clermont County reported 4,701 cases and 10 deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 2,234 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 43,190 cases and 428 deaths.

Warren County reported 5,440 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 2,772 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 49,505 cases and 468 deaths.

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Rising cases were also seen in Northern Kentucky.

Boone County reported 2,451 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 2,095 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 28,924 cases and 236 deaths.

Kenton County reported 2,565 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 2,548 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 33,447 cases and 324 deaths.

Back in Ohio, new coronavirus cases also leaped statewide, rising 43.8% as 194,879 cases were reported. The previous week had 135,507 new cases.

Ohio ranked 22nd 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 5.8% from the week before, with 5,438,242 cases reported. With 3.51% of the country's population, Ohio had 3.58% 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.

Nationwide, many counties did not report data during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, disrupting the latest week's statistics. That data is being compared to a week with backlogged cases and deaths from the New Year's holiday weekend. Week-to-week comparisons are skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Athens County with 3,199 cases per 100,000 per week; Pike County with 2,564; and Ross County with 2,461. 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 24,506 cases; Hamilton County, with 17,112 cases; and Montgomery County, with 11,732. Weekly case counts rose in 83 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties.

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Ohio ranked 43rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 61.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.6%, 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 Wednesday, Ohio reported administering another 292,851 vaccine doses, including 56,539 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 256,042 vaccine doses, including 49,567 first doses. In all, Ohio reported it has administered 16,419,073 total doses.

Across Ohio, cases fell in five counties, with the best declines in Cuyahoga County, with 10,493 cases from 12,411 a week earlier; in Summit County, with 6,311 cases from 6,650; and in Lake County, with 2,090 cases from 2,307.

In Ohio, 487 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 74 people were reported dead.

A total of 2,384,107 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 30,922 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 65,699,947 people have tested positive and 850,605 people have died.

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Ohio's COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 16.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 9,589

  • The week before that: 9,631

  • Four weeks ago: 6,388

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 203,221

  • The week before that: 185,954

  • Four weeks ago: 90,739

Hospitals in 41 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 35 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 43 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

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 COVID-19 patient on a ventilator is checked by Megan Lee, a resident nurse at Stormont Vail Health, inside the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the hospital in Topeka, Kansas, on Jan. 7.
A COVID-19 patient on a ventilator is checked by Megan Lee, a resident nurse at Stormont Vail Health, inside the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the hospital in Topeka, Kansas, on Jan. 7.

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