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Ohio's COVID-19 Case Rate Rises

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.
Ohio Department of Health

Ohio’s rate of COVID-19 has been going up in recent days, and each day, an average of 63 people are reported to have died in Ohio from COVID-19. But the number of vaccinated Ohioans continues to increase.

The number of vaccinated Ohioans also continues to increase, however, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said Ohio is not out of the woods yet.

“Our downward trend has plateaued and now, even increased a bit over the last few days. And our COVID-19 remains very high,” said Vanderhoff.

Vanderhoff said he expects the COVID-19 spread will worsen as the weather gets colder and people congregate indoors. He urges everyone over 5 who can be vaccinated to do so. He said there’s been a good response from parents of 5-11-year-olds since the CDC authorized that group for vaccination a little more than a week ago.

Some schools have been holding voluntary vaccination clinics onsite. Madison County Health Commissioner Chris Cook said 66 children ages 5-11 were vaccinated at a clinic held at one of the county's schools last week. Cook said parents were asked to be present when the vaccine was administered.

Hospitals, like Cincinnati Children's Hospital, are also holding shot clinics for kids, and local health departments are also providing shots. Vanderhoff said parents of 5 to 11-year-olds can find vaccine clinics at coronavirus.ohio.gov

Right now, just more than 52% of eligible Ohioans are considered fully vaccinated.

Ohio Dept of Health

Ohioans who have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the one-dose J&J vaccine, are considered to be fully vaccinated on the state's website. Vanderhoff and other health officials said the vast majority of people who are hospitalized or die from COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

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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.