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Ohio schools report fewer coronavirus cases this week as DeWine hopes vaccines can open classrooms by March

Ben Orner, WCMH |

The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 3,048 new cases of COVID-19 among students and staff members, bringing the state’s total this school year to 36,547. The increase in cases this week is the lowest since Nov. 12 and is more than 2,000 cases fewer than last week’s increase.

Cumulative COVID-19 cases reported by Ohio schools:

  • Sept. 17: 319
  • Sept. 24: 739 (+420)
  • Oct. 1: 1,274 (+535)
  • Oct. 8: 1,870 (+596)
  • Oct. 15: 2,739 (+869)
  • Oct. 22: 3,826 (+1,087)
  • Oct. 29: 5,058 (+1,232)
  • Nov. 5: 7,068 (+2,010)
  • Nov. 12: 9,876 (+2,808)
  • Nov. 19: 14,593 (+4,717)
  • Nov. 26: 19,302 (+4,709)
  • Dec. 3: 23,052 (+3,750)
  • Dec. 10: 28,218 (+5,166)
  • Dec. 17: 33,499 (+5,281)
  • Dec. 24: 36,547 (+3,048)

This month has seen the most coronavirus cases in Ohio schools than any of the four months that schools have been reporting cases. Nearly half of all cases have been reported in December.

COVID-19 cases reported by Ohio schools by month

  • December (partial): 17,245 (47%)
  • November: 14,244 (39%)
  • October: 4,319 (12%)
  • September (partial): 739 (2%)

Gov. DeWine said during his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday that he wants all K-12 students in Ohio to have the option of returning to in-person school by March 1.

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