Coronavirus in Ohio update: 6,604 cases reported, 253 deaths


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As of Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health says there are a total of 6,604 COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the state, leading to 253 deaths.

A total of 1,948 people have been hospitalized, 595 in intensive care.

The state is now using updated criteria when reporting case numbers, based on CDC guidelines.

Before this change, the guidance only allowed doctors to count COVID-19 cases that had been confirmed by a laboratory test. Now, the new guidance will include cases that meet the following criteria:

  • A person will be counted if a quick test determines the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in the blood
  • A person will be counted if there is clinical evidence and epidemiological evidence of the presence of COVID-19 when there is no other likely diagnosis, even if there’s no lab test

Sunday’s numbers include 6,518 laboratory confirmed cases and 86 probable cases that fit under the expanded definition. Five of the 247 deaths were reported under the expanded definition.

Friday, Governor Mike DeWine announced a new permit from the Ohio Department of Transporation allowing food trucks to operate at the state’s rest areas.

The governor is not planning news conferences Easter Sunday unless there is a major development in the state.

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