Cuyahoga, Mahoning, Medina and Lorain counties have among the highest per capita coronavirus rates in Ohio.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Northeast Ohio, including several counties in Greater Cleveland, have been struck harder by known coronarivus cases per capita than the rest of the state, with six of the top 10 counties per capita in Ohio.
This is based on the 1,933 COVID-19 cases confirmed statewide Monday by the Ohio Department of Health.
There are 16.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 people in Ohio. But the rates are more than double that in Cuyahoga and Mahoning counties, and much higher than the rest of the state in several other Northeast Ohio counties including Medina, Lorain and Geauga.
Scroll over the interactive map below to see details for confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths a per capita rates by county. Some mobile users may need to use this link instead to see the graphic. A photo version of this map is at the bottom of the story.
The top 10 counties statewide on a per capita basis for cases are Mahoning (51.2 cases per 100,000), Miami (43), Cuyahoga (39.9), Medina (26.7), Lucas (26.6) Lorain (25.2), Geauga (23.5), Darke (23.5), Summit (21.8) and Franklin (21.3).
The rates in other Greater Cleveland/Akron counties are: 19.7 in Portage and 18.7 in Lake.
Less clear, however, is whether the number of cases in some areas is tied to available testing. Dr. Amy Acton, director of the state health department, has said testing is limited in certain parts of the state. Cleveland hospitals, for example, were among the first to launch their own testing.
Plus, in many areas, tests are not being done in younger people even when symptoms are present.
Related:See map with the 1,933 cases by county and other graphics.
Another benchmark is hospitalizations, as people may be more likely to be tested once hospitalized. The 10 highest counties for per capita rates cases account for 69% of the cases (1,329 of 1,933), 66% of the hospitalizations (313 of 475 and 64% of the deaths (25 of 39).
These statistics are based on place of residence, though in some cases the state said the county of residence initially has been misreported when tested elsewhere. Cleveland.com used 2019 population estimates from the Census Bureau to calculate the rates per 100,000.
Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner. See other data-related stories at cleveland.com/datacentral.
This map identifies where each county ranks in coronavirus cases per capita as of Monday, March 30.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
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