COVID-19 Updates
Interpreting the Pandemic for Ohio and Midwest Communities

In April of 2020, Midstory’s data team pivoted all its operations to bring important and timely COVID-19 data to the public in a time of crisis and uncertainty. We began this project with a simple desire to better understand the current pandemic situation and to keep Ohioans and Midwesterners informed with posts focused on counts of cases, deaths and hospitalizations locally and regionally. As time went on, we discovered just how much COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our lives, and reflected this in the various topics we reported on, including unemployment, demography, economics, education, voting, policies, hospital occupancy, vaccinations, variants, travel and mobility (see past updates here). Our goal is not only to inform the public with accurate data, but also to provide a proper interpretation that can serve the needs of the community in this critical time.

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Takeaways

Ohio

  • The average number of daily cases over the last seven days increased by 4% compared to two weeks agowith hotspots remaining in southern Ohio. According to the CDC, the number of counties with high COVID-19 risk levels continues to grow, with over 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties classified as high risk.
  • After a brief increase in the number of Ohioans receiving a second COVID-19 booster, the rate has reverted back to a decreasing trend since the end of July. Compared to two weeks ago, the seven-day average decreased by 40%. Overall, Ohio has less than 60% of its population fully vaccinated, ranked in the bottom third of all 50 states.

Note: Due to a likely delay in reporting, cases, hospitalizations and vaccinations in Ohio were lower than expected, and data from the past few days were not included in this update. The New York Times has been providing weekly totals of COVID-19 cases instead of daily counts since Mar. 17, 2022.

United States

  • The seven-day average of daily cases continues to decrease, and compared to two weeks ago, decreased by 16%. However, the average number of daily cases remains above 100,000 cases. This week, Alaska and Kentucky continued to have the highest number of cases with 73 and 57 cases per 100,000 people, respectively.
  • Since early June when news of the BA.5 variant was announced, Indiana, South Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas all had their population of those fully vaccinated increase by 1%  the largest increase among all states since early June. As of August 4, these four states’ vaccination rates lie within the 56% – 63% range.

Takeaways

Ohio

  • The average number of daily cases over the last seven days increased by 4% compared to two weeks agowith hotspots remaining in southern Ohio. According to the CDC, the number of counties with high COVID-19 risk levels continues to grow, with over 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties classified as high risk.
  • After a brief increase in the number of Ohioans receiving a second COVID-19 booster, the rate has reverted back to a decreasing trend since the end of July. Compared to two weeks ago, the seven-day average decreased by 40%. Overall, Ohio has less than 60% of its population fully vaccinated, ranked in the bottom third of all 50 states.

Note: Due to a likely delay in reporting, cases, hospitalizations and vaccinations in Ohio were lower than expected, and data from the past few days were not included in this update. The New York Times has been providing weekly totals of COVID-19 cases instead of daily counts since Mar. 17, 2022.

United States

  • The seven-day average of daily cases continues to decrease, and compared to two weeks ago, decreased by 16%. However, the average number of daily cases remains above 100,000 cases. This week, Alaska and Kentucky continued to have the highest number of cases with 73 and 57 cases per 100,000 people, respectively.
  • Since early June when news of the BA.5 variant was announced, Indiana, South Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas all had their population of those fully vaccinated increase by 1%  the largest increase among all states since early June. As of August 4, these four states’ vaccination rates lie within the 56% – 63% range.

About the Data

Midstory uses data from multiple sources, including the Ohio Department of Health, the New York Times, Our World in Data and NPR, and brings them together into one central location. All data is subject to change as new data becomes available, and may not accurately reflect the actual number of cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations. Our data excludes any anomalies that may appear from delays in reporting to government agencies.