Ohio COVID-19 maps: Still 84 red counties, 4 orange despite drop in cases
Three updated maps showing the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio were released Thursday afternoon.
Along with the color map that's been released weekly since the summer, the state in December began releasing two other maps detailing cases per capita by county and how many patients are filling intensive care units that better show the spread of COVID-19.
This week's color map remained the same as the color maps for the last several weeks in the four-tier, color-coded Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
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Most of Ohio's counties remain red (Level 3), with only four orange (Level 2) counties: Monroe, Hocking, Vinton and Gallia. There have been no yellow (Level 1) counties since mid-November. There aren't currently any purple counties.
According to this week's per capita map, every county in Ohio continues to exceed the CDC’s threshold for high incidence, which is 100 cases per 100,000 residents, although the rates have continued to drop in recent weeks. Case incidence is a measure of how many cases there are in each county, adjusted for population. ODH said the information can help people understand the severity of COVID-19 transmission by county.
This week, the statewide average of cases per capita during the previous two weeks is 337.9 per 100,000 residents, down from 445.9 last week and 570.9 the week before.
This week, only three of Ohio's 88 counties are at 500 or more per 100,000 residents, meaning at least 1 out of every 200 residents tested positive for COVID during the previous two weeks and is at risk of spreading it to others. Last week, it was 23 counties, and the week before, 56 counties were at 500 or more.
A county stays red (Level 3) on the color map until it drops below the high incidence threshold of more than 100 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period. This week, Holmes County had the lowest rate in the state — 152.4.
According to this week's ICU map, the statewide average for the percentage of Ohio's ICU patients who are COVID-positive is 16%, down from 19.2% last week and 22.2% the week before.
The ICU data is based on the state's eight hospital preparedness regions. The Greater Akron 13-county region includes Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina, Wayne, Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Richland, Trumbull and Tuscarawas counties. It serves a total population of almost 2.3 million and includes more than three dozen hospitals, according to the Akron Regional Hospital Association.
The Greater Akron region's percentage of ICU patients who were COVID-positive was 16.2%, down from 19.6% last week.