CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County has the second-highest cumulative number of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Ohio counties, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health on Monday.
Cuyahoga County has reported 13,877 cases of COVID-19. Franklin County has reported 19,100 cumulative pediatric COVID cases, the highest number in Ohio, according to state health data. Behind Cuyahoga County in third place is Hamilton County, with 13,084 pediatric cases.
The counties with the highest cumulative numbers of sick children are also home to some of Ohio’s largest cities, such as Columbus (Franklin County), Cleveland (Cuyahoga County), and Dayton (Montgomery County). Butler and Hamilton counties, which also have large numbers of children with COVID-19, are near Cincinnati.
ODH defines pediatric cases as children under 18 years of age.
Ohio is seeing a surge in pediatric COVID-19 cases, making it one of the worst states for the number of children hospitalized with the disease. Of the 10 most populous U.S. states, Ohio ranks fifth for children hospitalized with COVID-19 as of July 1, according to HHS data.
Ohio has hospitalized 466 children with COVID-19 since July 1, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this state alone, 170 children were hospitalized for the disease in the first half of September.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been nearly 165,000 pediatric COVID-19 cases in Ohio, with 1,618 hospitalizations and 9 deaths, according to state health data.
The pediatric wards of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital university hospitals are already as full of COVID-19 patients as usual at the peak of the respiratory viral season in December and January, said Rainbow pediatric infection specialist Dr. Amy Edwards.
“I’m concerned, and I know a lot of the other doctors here in the university hospitals are concerned,” Edwards said.
Counties with the fewest cumulative pediatric COVID-19 cases tend to be in the least populous regions of Ohio.
Harrison County (163) has the fewest cumulative pediatric COVID-19 cases in the state, followed by Noble (199) and Vinton (231) counties.
Harrison and Noble counties are located near the eastern edge of the state. Vinton County, located in southern Ohio, is the least populous county in the state according to the 2020 U.S. Census.
10 counties with the highest pediatric COVID-19 cases, ranked from highest to lowest:
Franklin County: 19,100Cuyahoga County: 13,877Hamilton County: 13,084Montgomery County:8,700Butler County:6,474Lucas County:6,309Summit County: 5,768Warren County:4,597Stark County:4,295Clermont County:4,008
10 counties with the lowest pediatric COVID-19 cases, ranked from lowest to highest:
Harrison County: 163Noble County: 199Vinton County: 231Morgan County: 232Monroe County: 247Holmes County: 251Meigs County: 259Wyandot County: 264Paulding County: 313Henry County: 323
See Ohio’s 10 Counties with the Highest Vaccination Rates
Which Age Groups Have the Highest and Lowest Vaccination Rates in Ohio?