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Lake County now has 3rd-highest occurrence rate in state; Tuscarawas and Ashtabula also in top 20

Top 20 Counties COVID Nov. 19
Posted at 4:06 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 16:16:11-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has released the state's weekly list of the top 20 Ohio counties ranked by highest occurrence rate of COVID-19 cases, and three Northeast Ohio counties made the list, with one near the very top.

The top 20 counties are as follows:

  1. Mercer
  2. Putnam
  3. Lake
  4. Allen
  5. Van Wert
  6. Adams
  7. Auglaize
  8. Wyandot
  9. Miami
  10. Preble
  11. Tuscarawas
  12. Muskingum
  13. Noble
  14. Marion
  15. Clark
  16. Williams
  17. Union
  18. Seneca
  19. Defiance
  20. Ashtabula

Over the last two weeks, Lake County has seen 1,032 cases per 100,000, the third-highest occurrence in the state. The county was placed on the Public Health Advisory System’s purple Level 4 watch list on Thursday, along with Lorain County.

DeWine said that Lake, Putnam, Mercer, and Allen counties, which are all seeing 1,000 or more cases per 100,000, reflects that about one in every 100 people in the four counties has the virus and could be actively spreading it in their communities.

All 88 counties in Ohio remain at high incidence for COVID-19, DeWine said.

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