CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County has the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic of any county in Ohio.
The counties with the most deaths from COVID-19 are Cuyahoga (2,341), Franklin (1,574) and Hamilton (1,326), according to data last week from the Ohio Department of Health.
These counties surround the major cities of Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, respectively.
The counties in Ohio with the lowest number of deaths from COVID-19 are Vinton (19), Morgan (29) and Harrison (41) counties. All three are in the Appalachian region of the state.
Vinton is the least populated county in the state and is located in the Hocking Hill area of southern Ohio.
Overall, Ohio’s death rate from COVID-19 stands at 21,820, according to ODH data on Friday.
Counties with the most deaths, ranked from highest to lowest:
1. Cuyahoga County: 2,341
2. Franklin County: 1,574
3. Hamilton County: 1,326
4. Montgomery County: 1,161
5. Summit County: 1,051
6. Stark County: 983
7. Lucas County: 869
8. Butler County: 663
9. Mahoning County: 643
10. Lorain County: 539
Counties with the fewest deaths, ranked from lowest to highest:
1. Vinton County: 19
2. Morgan County: 29
3. Harrison County: 41
4. Meigs County: 42
5. Noble County: 42
6. Paulding County: 43
7. Pike County: 45
8. Monroe County: 48
9. Carroll County: 52
10. Union County: 51
11. Fayette County: 53
Here are some additional facts on the number of pandemic deaths in the state:
- Overall, Ohio deaths from COVID-19 are highest among people 80 and older, and are declining for every younger age cohort, according to ODH data from Friday.
- The median age for all deaths is 79 years.
- Deaths have occurred in all 88 counties of Ohio.
- The majority of deaths (48%) are in the 80 and over category.
- Deaths are almost evenly distributed between men (53%) and women (47%).
- More white Ohioans (85%) died than blacks (13%), Hispanics or Latinos (2%) or Asians (1%).