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.

In 2022, our team has grown and we are grateful to be able to release a newly launched COVID-19 dashboard below. You can return here for up-to-date and reliable local, state and national COVID-19 data. More to come! - The Midstory Data Team

Takeaways

  • Average daily cases in Ohio have increased slightly over the past week. Hospitalizations and vaccinations continue to decrease, and average daily deaths have remained the same at nine deaths per day.
  • Compared to last week where the majority of counties in Ohio were low-risk for COVID-19, this week, more counties have high or medium risk levels. As of November 24, eight counties were identified as high-risk and 24 were medium risk. Lucas County moved from a low-risk level to a medium-risk level.
  • Average daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. continue to have a gradual upward trend.
  • As of November 22, 68.8% of Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, increasing by 1% since September.
  • COVID-19 cases per 100k in the U.S. continue to decrease and ranged between 4 – 25 cases in the past seven days. Generally speaking, the Southwest and Northeast have more states with higher case counts. Arizona, Michigan and New Mexico had the highest number of cases.

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.

Takeaways

  • Average daily cases in Ohio have increased slightly over the past week. Hospitalizations and vaccinations continue to decrease, and average daily deaths have remained the same at nine deaths per day.
  • Compared to last week where the majority of counties in Ohio were low-risk for COVID-19, this week, more counties have high or medium risk levels. As of November 24, eight counties were identified as high-risk and 24 were medium risk. Lucas County moved from a low-risk level to a medium-risk level.
  • Average daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. continue to have a gradual upward trend.
  • As of November 22, 68.8% of Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, increasing by 1% since September.
  • COVID-19 cases per 100k in the U.S. continue to decrease and ranged between 4 – 25 cases in the past seven days. Generally speaking, the Southwest and Northeast have more states with higher case counts. Arizona, Michigan and New Mexico had the highest number of cases.

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.

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.