Coronavirus in Ohio Saturday update: 254 new cases reported


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

As of Saturday, June 26, the ODH reported a total of 1,110,546 (+254) cases since the pandemic began, leading to 60,474 (+24) hospitalizations and 8,302 (+1) ICU admission. A total of 5,550,068 people — or 47.48% of the state’s population — has at least started the vaccination process, an increase of 9,555 from the previous day.

ODH reported 68 deaths Friday, bringing the state total to 20,281. The state is updating the total number of deaths only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week.

During a news conference with the last Vax-A-Million winners, Gov. Mike DeWine remarked that the state was still averaging about 100 deaths a week, and the data on those dying are moving to a younger age.  

“The deaths are shifting to a younger age,” DeWine said. “During the winter surge, more than half of the people who were dying were 80 or older. Today, those 40 to 79 … make up more than 65% of our deaths.” 

Esperanza Diaz, of Cincinnati, was announced as the final Vax-A-Million winner of the $1 million prize while Sydney Daum, of Brecksville in Cuyahoga County, won the final full-ride scholarship.

Diaz said she got the vaccine early even though she hesitated a bit, worried about how she’d react due to food allergies.

Sydney’s mother said they were planning to get Sydney vaccinated at the end of the summer, before school started.

“Then we learned about Vax-a-Million and decided it was a good time to do it now. I can’t believe it paid off,” she said.

Wednesday’s winners join $1 million winners Suzanne Ward, of FindlayMark Cline, of Union CountyJonathan Carlyle, of Toledo, and Abbigail Bugenske, of Silverton, and scholarship winners Sean Horning, of CincinnatiSara Afaneh, of Sheffield LakeJoseph Costello, of Englewood, and Zoie Vincent, of Mayfield Village.

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