Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus on June 10, bringing the total count to more than 33.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 592,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA metro area consists of Mahoning County, Trumbull County, and Mercer County. As of June 10, there were 8,938.7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Youngstown residents, 12.7% lower than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metro area, Mahoning County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of June 10, there were 9,691.2 cases per 100,000 residents in Mahoning County, the most of any county in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In Trumbull County, there were 8,232.4 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metro area, unemployment peaked at 20.4% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.9%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Ohio where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents
30620 Lima, OH 103,175 11,883 11,517.3 237 229.7
44220 Springfield, OH 134,726 14,210 10,547.3 304 225.6
17140 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,201,741 222,214 10,092.6 3,080 139.9
45780 Toledo, OH 644,137 64,542 10,019.9 1,162 180.4
18140 Columbus, OH 2,077,761 207,198 9,972.2 2,397 115.4
19430 Dayton-Kettering, OH 803,543 78,436 9,761.3 1,507 187.5
31900 Mansfield, OH 121,100 11,582 9,564.0 211 174.2
17460 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,056,898 184,524 8,971.0 3,495 169.9
49660 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 541,846 48,434 8,938.7 1,340 247.3
15940 Canton-Massillon, OH 399,736 35,180 8,800.8 974 243.7
10420 Akron, OH 703,845 61,484 8,735.4 1,208 171.6