CDC: 10 counties across the three states again reach highest risk category for COVID-19 as virus deaths surpass 1 million in the United States

CINCINNATI — Tri-state community transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 10 counties in the tri-state area again reaching the highest level of risk for virus spread.

All counties in our region have again reached moderate, substantial, or high risk levels, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker.

Here are the counties with the CDC’s highest level of community transmission risk:


  • Brown
  • Butler
  • Clermont
  • clinton
  • hamilton
  • Warren



The risk of community transmission is measured by two factors: the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and the percentage of positive tests in the past seven days. In Hamilton County, for example, the rate of positive COVID tests was 12.26% over the past 7 days and new cases per 100,000 were 122.21, prompting the “high” designation.


This is a side-by-side look at where the tri-state cases were a month ago versus where they are now (may take a moment to load):

Experts say the coming wave will likely be caused by a COVID mutation called BA.2. It is thought to be 30% more contagious than omicron. Health officials have said the surge will be larger than it appears as cases are grossly underreported due to more home testing.

While the risk of community transmission in parts of the tri-state is now high, the overall COVID-19 community levels in every county in our region are still in the CDC’s lowest possible category.

The community level of COVID-19 is determined by the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital. The CDC uses this information to determine guidance on necessary precautions, such as masking.

Definition of COVID Community Levels


Despite the rise, the numbers are a far cry from what we saw just a few months ago in December and January.


Ohio updates its COVID-19 data every Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Click HERE to access the Ohio Dashboard.


Kentucky updates its COVID-19 data every Monday, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Click HERE to access the Kentucky Dashboard.


Indiana updates its COVID-19 data three times a week, according to the States COVID-19 Dashboard website. Click HERE to access the Indiana Dashboard.

National impact

The United States reached a tragic milestone on Monday as the CDC reported one million COVID-19 deaths in less than 3 years since the outbreak began.

Last week, the Biden administration announced that COVID-19 had killed one million Americans.

“Each one is an irreplaceable loss,” President Biden said in a statement.

“I know the pain of that black hole in your heart. It’s relentless. But I also know that those you love never really left. They will always be with you.”

President Biden has warned that as a nation we must not numb ourselves to such grief.

“We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have done with more tests, vaccines and treatments than ever before,” he said. .

The President added that it is essential that Congress acts and works to maintain these resources in the months to come.

Despite the White House statement and CDC figures, the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University have yet to hit the 1 million mark.

  • As of 6:14 p.m. on May 13, the World Health Organization reported 991,595 U.S. deaths from COVID-19.
  • As of 11:00 a.m. on May 16, Johns Hopkins University reported 999,607 American deaths from COVID-19.

As of 11:00 a.m. on May 16, the CDC did not update its website data to reflect one million deaths. The number is still around 997,000.

President Joe Biden called on world leaders at a COVID-19 summit on Thursday to reinvigorate a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus, the Associated Press reported. He also ordered the flags to be lowered.

“This pandemic is not over,” Biden said at the second global pandemic summit. He spoke solemnly about the once unthinkable death toll in the United States.

The United States would be the first country to reach 1 million COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, the virus is thought to be the cause of more than 6 million deaths.

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