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COVID-19 Infections Are Increasing Again In Ohio

Mass coronavirus vaccination clinic at Ohio State's St. John Arena.
Darrin McDonald
People line up at a mass coronavirus vaccination clinic at Ohio State University's St. John Arena in Columbus.

Despite an increasing number of Ohioans getting vaccinated, the state is seeing COVID-19 infections go up again.

The Ohio Department of Health chief medical officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says the seven-day case average was more than 1,800 this week, compared with 1,500 last week. And on Wednesday, that spiked to almost 2,500 new coronavirus cases.

“Ohio remains in a race with a virus that is more contagious and is right back on our heels," Vanderhoff says.

Vanderhoff says many of the highest case counts are in northern Ohio, and that Michigan’s positivity rate is 3.5 times higher than Ohio’s.

Gov. Mike DeWine said the statewide mask mandate and other public health orders would end when there are 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans over two weeks. But currently the statewide case rate is more than three times that – 167 new infections per 100,000 people.

Just two weeks ago, that number was under 150 cases per 100,000.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.