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Ohio K-12 schools report lowest weekly increase in COVID-19 cases in 6 months

Ben Orner, WCMH |

Ohio’s K-12 schools on Thursday reported their lowest weekly increase in COVID-19 cases since Oct. 8, tallying just 797 new cumulative cases among students and staff members.

Thursday’s data from the Ohio Department of Health reflects the week ending Sunday, April 4. This week’s data continues a general flattening trend of new cases over the past month in which no week saw fewer than 1,100 new cases. 

The lower increase this week, though, may be partially attributable to some schools being on spring break.

Ohio coronavirus case rate increases to highest point in a month; 52 counties on red alert

Rich Exner, |

The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported a rate of 183.7 cases per 100,000 people with an onset of symptoms over the last two weeks, up from 167.1 a week ago.

This is far from the rate of 50 cases per 100,000 the governor set on March 4 as the number he wants to see before he will lift all his health orders, ranging from mandated masks in public to limits on patrons in restaurants and entertainment venues.

Ohio’s coronavirus rate has been increasing the last few weeks. The rate is based on cases with an onset of symptoms in the two weeks prior to the date listed in the chart.Rich Exner,

“It’s clear that Ohio and the nation are enduring yet another wave of COVID-19. This time it is being driven by the new variants of the original virus,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the state’s chief medical officer.

Vanderhoff said the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, “accounts for the lion’s share of our total” for cases tied to variants. Vanderhoff said B.1.1.7 “is not only more contagious; it’s also more deadly.” Yet he said the vaccinations appear to be doing the job against the new variants.

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