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

Ohio

  • This week, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Ohio continued to increase. Compared to two weeks ago, the average number of daily cases increased by 77%.
  • As of May 17, the average number of new hospitalizations per day in Ohio increased by 11%, compared to two weeks ago.
  • 422,203 Ohioans have received their second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of May 17, the seven-day average of Ohioans who have received a second booster has decreased by 6% compared to two weeks ago.
  • As of May 19, Lucas County had a seven-day average of 167 cases, ranking fifth among all Ohio counties. The case average per 100,000 people in Lucas County was 38.9, becoming the highest in the state.

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 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to increasebut at a slower rate than last week. As of May 23, the average number of daily cases increased by 42%, compared to two weeks ago.
  • In the last seven days, Rhode Island had the highest number of new cases with 73 per 100,000 people. The average number of new cases in the U.S. was 30 per 100,000 people. Ohio had 24 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven dayswhich was below the national average.

Takeaways

Ohio

  • This week, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Ohio continued to increase. Compared to two weeks ago, the average number of daily cases increased by 77%.
  • As of May 17, the average number of new hospitalizations per day in Ohio increased by 11%, compared to two weeks ago.
  • 422,203 Ohioans have received their second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of May 17, the seven-day average of Ohioans who have received a second booster has decreased by 6% compared to two weeks ago.
  • As of May 19, Lucas County had a seven-day average of 167 cases, ranking fifth among all Ohio counties. The case average per 100,000 people in Lucas County was 38.9, becoming the highest in the state.

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 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to increasebut at a slower rate than last week. As of May 23, the average number of daily cases increased by 42%, compared to two weeks ago.
  • In the last seven days, Rhode Island had the highest number of new cases with 73 per 100,000 people. The average number of new cases in the U.S. was 30 per 100,000 people. Ohio had 24 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven dayswhich was below the national average.

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.