Richland County's COVID cases fall 20.5%; Ohio cases plummet 29.3%

Wenham Public Nurse Mari Beth Ting prepares a patient to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic, organized by the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative, at the Hamilton-Wenham Senior Center in Hamilton, Massachusetts, on Sept. 9.
Wenham Public Nurse Mari Beth Ting prepares a patient to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic, organized by the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative, at the Hamilton-Wenham Senior Center in Hamilton, Massachusetts, on Sept. 9.

Ohio reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 14,536 new cases. That's down 29.3% from the previous week's tally of 20,552 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Ohio ranked 18th 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 decreased 0.6% from the week before, with 401,433 cases reported. With 3.51% of the country's population, Ohio had 3.62% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 17 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Richland County reported 178 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 224 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 36,556 cases and 530 deaths.

Crawford County reported 50 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 98 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 13,215 cases and 220 deaths.

Across Ohio, cases fell in 85 counties, with the best declines in Franklin County, with 1,398 cases from 1,946 a week earlier; in Cuyahoga County, with 1,694 cases from 2,175; and in Hamilton County, with 794 cases from 1,200. ​

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Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Noble County with 305 cases per 100,000 per week; Pike County with 277; and Lawrence County with 259. 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 Cuyahoga County, with 1,694 cases; Franklin County, with 1,398 cases; and Hamilton County, with 794.

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

A total of 3,131,645 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 39,767 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 96,070,980 people have tested positive and 1,056,416 people have died.

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Ohio's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Sept. 25. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,077

  • The week before that: 2,150

  • Four weeks ago: 2,313

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 55,707

  • The week before that: 55,506

  • Four weeks ago: 64,244

Hospitals in 13 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 20 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 25 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.

This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Richland County reported 178 additional COVID-19 cases this week