Northeast Ohio remains off list of top 10 counties with the highest COVID-19 occurrence rate

Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 17:50:47-04

CLEVELAND — For the second consecutive week, no Northeast Ohio county was in the top 10 highest COVID-19 occurrence rate in the state.

Mercer County remained in the top spot. Gov. Mike DeWine said the top three counties are rural with lower populations.

This is not a list of the highest total number of COVID-19 cases, but most cases per 100,000 people to account for the varying populations in each county.

The counties with the highest occurrence rate over the last two weeks are:

  • Mercer County.
  • Champaign County.
  • Darke County.
  • Lucas County.
  • Lawrence County.
  • Perry County.
  • Fairfield County.
  • Franklin County.
  • Columbiana County.
  • Seneca County.

DeWine said Columbiana County's coronavirus rates can be attributed to a large outbreak at a long-term care facility. He also said the state has concerns about large venue events including flea markets, or they were seeing no facial coverings are very few people and not much social distancing.

Seneca County also experienced a large outbreak at a long-term care facility, according to the governor.

Cuyahoga County was the highest-ranked Northeast Ohio county, coming in at 14.

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