Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted to give an update on the status of the Coronavirus response in Ohio.
OHIO CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
In the past 24 hours, Ohio reported 9,273 new coronavirus cases, the sixth highest count reported in one day since the pandemic. 336 new hospitalizations were reported and 40 new patients are in intensive care. An additional 63 people have died from COVID-19 in Ohio, surpassing 7,000 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
ANTIGEN TESTING UPDATE
Governor DeWine discussed the Ohio Department of Health aligning with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) current case definition. In August, the CDC changed the case definition of antigen testing to include case counts without additional verification. Ohio has continued to manually verify an epidemiological link, such as a known positive contact, with an antigen positive test result.
K-12 EDUCATION UPDATE
The Ohio Department of Education continues to report limited spread of COVID-19 in a classroom setting, but an increase of community spread from informal gatherings outside of school. The department also tracks how many districts are hosting in-person, hybrid, or remote learning.
Lt. Governor Husted announced the launch of the DataOhio Portal, which delivers datasets and interactive visualizations to Ohioans. This portal delivers unprecedented access through an innovative, data-sharing platform for state agencies and their partners.
CURRENT CASE DATA
In total, there are 484,297 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 7,022 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths.
December 7, 2020