Ohio will no longer issue daily COVID reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Two years after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Ohio, the state health department has decided to no longer issue daily case updates.

The announcement came from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff at a press conference on Thursday. The new policy will begin next week.

The ODH weekly reports will be published every Thursday. Dr. Vanderhoff said Ohio was one of the few remaining states to report daily totals.

He said the new model focuses on the severity of cases and the stress placed on hospitals.

The 7-day rolling average shows 3.2% positivity for COVID cases, according to ODH data. In January, that number was over 28%.

Currently, 729 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. Of these, 147 are in intensive care.

There are hospital admissions in every age group, according to OHA data, but they have dropped significantly.

Summary of key reporting changes:

  • New and cumulative COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and vaccinations that are currently updated daily at coronavirus.ohio.gov will be updated weekly on Thursdays beginning Thursday, March 17. Cases will continue to be assigned to the appropriate disease onset date, and vaccinations to their appropriate administration date.
  • Newly reported COVID-19 deaths (currently reported twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays) will be reported on Thursdays and will continue to be assigned to the appropriate date of death.
  • Data on long-term care facilities as well as reports from partner agencies (Developmental Disabilities, Veterans Homes, Youth Services, Mental Health and Addictions Services, and Rehabilitation and Corrections) will be released each Thursday.
  • K-12 schools will no longer be required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to their local health departments, unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive . Additionally, the COVID-19 School Reporting Dashboard will be archived.

According to the ODH, the average number of cases per 100,000 population statewide has fallen below 100, with an average of 78.2 cases per 100,000 population as of March 9.

Lillian L. Pena