(WKBN) – We continue to track COVID-19 across Ohio and the Valley. Virus numbers have changed over the past month as the delta variant impacts the state.
Every statistic we looked at as of Friday indicated the situation is getting worse, not better — and not just worse, but a lot worse.
Let’s start with new cases in Ohio. These are new cases for the weeks ending on these dates:
- Aug. 6 — 10,792 cases
- Aug. 13 — 16,722 cases
- Aug. 20 — 20,018 cases
- Aug. 27 — 27,388 cases
There has been a big jump in the number of cases in just the past four weeks.
There has also been a big jump in new cases over the past month in Mahoning County, the largest of our local counties.
- Aug. 6 — 173 cases
- Aug. 13 — 267 cases
- Aug. 20 — 324 cases
- Aug. 27 — 504 cases
The number of COVID-related deaths in Ohio is also rising, showing nearly four times the number of deaths this week than the first week of August.
- Aug. 6 — 38
- Aug. 13 — 50
- Aug. 20 — 68
- Aug. 27 — 151
So far this month, locally, there have been 12 deaths throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties combined. Five of those deaths have been within the past three days.
As far as hospitalizations, there are over two and a half times the number of hospitalizations as of today than four weeks ago.
- Aug. 6 — 863
- Aug. 13 — 1,218
- Aug. 20 — 1,663
- Aug. 27 — 2,127
With these COVID-19 numbers rising, it once again raises questions about contact tracing. Laura Fauss of the Columbiana County Health Department says they now contract out those services to a company called Public Consulting Group, or PCG.
“So this third party company will contact positives and disease track. They make phone calls and send letters and do a lot of the work that we had been doing here in house,” Fauss said.
The Ohio Department of Health pays for the use of PCG.
Fauss says it has allowed them to reopen the nursing department and do procedures like childhood vaccines, mammograms and skin cancer screenings.