How does Ohio’s COVID surge compare with rest of US?

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Brian Gill administers a coronavirus test Oct. 16, 2020, at the University of Texas at El Paso campus. With a spike in cases in El Paso, more people are flocking to testing centers.

New coronavirus cases leaped in Ohio in the week ending Saturday, rising 27.7% as 19,891 cases were reported. The previous week had 15,581 new cases.

Ohio ranked No. 27 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 548,664 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 17% from the week before. Across the country, 41 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within Ohio, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Putnam, Holmes and Noble counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Franklin County, with 2,105 cases; Hamilton County, with 1,611 cases; and Cuyahoga County, with 1,400. Weekly case counts rose in 75 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Franklin, Cuyahoga and Montgomery counties.

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