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Ohio reports 854 new coronavirus cases in K-12 students, 145 in staff for week of March 22

Emily Bamforth, |

Cases statewide plateaued last week, and are now ticking up, Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said on Thursday.

Children under 18 made up about 13% of case numbers in March and about 9% overall. Vanderhoff said the uptick here, as well as nationally, is in part due to variants of the coronavirus.

Ohio reported 813 new coronavirus cases in K-12 students and 126 in staff for the week of March 15. This week’s increases bring totals to 44,927 student cases and 23,706 in staff since Sept. 7.

Ohio’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Is Increasing

Jo Ingles, Statehouse News Bureau |

The Ohio Department of Health Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says the 7-day case average was more than 1800 this week compared with 1500 last week.  And on Wednesday, that spiked to almost 2500 new cases. 

Vanderhoff says many of the highest case counts are in northern Ohio, and that Michigan’s positivity rate is 3 ½ times higher than Ohio’s. 

The current statewide positivity rate is 167 per 100,000 over two weeks. Just two weeks ago, that number was under 150.

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