Due to Declining Case Numbers, Ohio to Provide Covid Updates Weekly, Not Daily, Moving Forward

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As new Covid-19 cases continue to decline across Ohio, the state will shift to weekly updates starting next week, marking the first time in more than two years that information on case counts, hospitalizations and deaths will not be provided daily.

State Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff said in a press conference Thursday morning that Ohio was "entering a new phase" of the pandemic, with the vast majority of Ohio counties now at low or medium risk of community spread, according to the CDC's designations. Ohio also has the lowest Covid case count per 100,000 residents since August of 2021. 

Weekly updates are also in keeping with CDC recommendations, Vanderhoff said.

Over the past week, Ohio has recorded fewer than 1,000 new Coronavirus cases daily, and the 21-day average stands at 1,112, a massive decrease from where case counts stood just two weeks ago, (more than 2,500 daily).

As of Wednesday, according to Vanderhoff, 729 people in Ohio were hospitalized with Covid, which represents a nearly 90% decrease from two months ago, when the Omicron variant was surging. 

Currently, cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vaccinations are all still reported daily. Deaths are reported twice each week. All will now be reported once per week, on Thursdays at the state's Coronavirus dashboard.

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Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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