Coronavirus in Ohio Sunday update: 613 new cases, two new deaths reported

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

As of Sunday, August 16, a total of 108,287 (+613) cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 3,826 (+2) deaths and 12,236 (+26) hospitalizations. There are presumed 86,926 recovered cases in the state. 

The Department of Health adds the data when it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio State’s has been routinely testing athletes for COVID-19 as part of their protocol. OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Dr. Curt Daniels joined the governor during a Thursday update to discuss myocarditis and what he has seen in athletes who contract the virus. DeWine said an announcement on fall sports in Ohio may be made Tuesday 

Daniels says most of the data on myocarditis we have is from hospitalized patients and around 20% of those COVID-19 patients’ hearts are impacted due to the virus. They have found myocarditis in athletes. He says they’ve found it in 10-13% of athletes that test positive for COVID-19 that they evaluated.

“We’re still not sure the overall impact of what that means,” said Daniels.

Daniels says we know there is a risk with athletes having myocarditis but it’s also anyone who is exercising or participating in a high level of activity.

DeWine revealed the latest Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. There are three new red counties. Allen and Medina counties are no longer red. Nine counties have dropped from orange to yellow. State public advisory keeps three central Ohio counties at Level 3 

The governor announced Thursday he will officially be putting in place the mask order for students in schools that was announced weeks ago. The mask mandate for K-12 students in Ohio will be signed Thursday 

The Minority Health Strike Force has filed its final report Thursday. DeWine said, “We have to do better, we can do better.” DeWine outlines new steps to address racial health disparities in Ohio 

DeWine says to truly make change we need to work on the social determinants of health. The Minority Health Strike Force’s report gives several recommendations on ways to help.

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