The number of coronavirus deaths in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee fell dramatically over the past three weeks, with more than 1,000 deaths reported statewide, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health.
The death rate for the state fell from 7.8 per 100,000 in October to 2.5 in December.
Deaths are now down to 1.2 per 100.000.
Ohio’s rate was about the same as in March, but the drop in the last three weeks has been substantial.
The data, which is preliminary and subject to change, shows that Ohio recorded a total of 2,061 deaths between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30, compared to 3,735 deaths in the same period last year.
Ohio had about 2,700 deaths in February, the same number as in the previous month.
The number of deaths fell by nearly a quarter in the Cleveland area, where there were 874 and 847 in the three weeks ending Dec. 25.
The Cleveland area recorded 574 and 554 deaths in December, a decrease of nearly a third.
The Columbus area recorded the most deaths, with 614, followed by Cincinnati with 609.
The counties with the lowest deaths were Clark, Kenton, Franklin and Hamilton, where only three deaths were recorded in the entire three weeks.
The remaining five counties had five or fewer deaths.
In addition to the Ohio data, the department reported the number of recorded coronaviruses dropped in five other states.
The Kansas City area recorded a 0.6% drop, with the largest drops in California, Colorado and Oklahoma.
There was no change in California.
Colorado recorded a 2.9% decrease, while Oklahoma saw a 1.9%.
The data also shows that deaths dropped in California and New York in the week ending Dec, 25.
That is good news for California, which had more than 4,000 recorded coronovirus deaths at the end of October, according, which was more than four times the number at the beginning of the year.
In New York, which saw nearly 3,000 coronavirocters reported, there were 772 deaths.