Coronavirus in Ohio Monday update: 1,396 new cases in past 24 hours

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Monday, April 26, a total of 1,065,702 (+1,396) cases have been reported since the pandemic began, leading to 55,813 (+128) hospitalizations and 7,733 (+12) ICU admissions. A total of 4,581,652 — or 39.2% of the state’s population — has started the vaccination process, an increase of 12,350 from the previous day.

The department reported 89 deaths Friday, bringing the state total to 19,122. The state is updating the total number of deaths only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week.

Starting Monday, the state is adding county-level positivity data to its online dashboard. Users will be able to hover over each county on a map of the state and see the rate of positive cases for the previous two weeks, with the maps being updated each Monday.

”It’s something our local health departments across the state have asked us for,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer of the Department of Health. “We’re confident this information will now better inform decision-making in their communities.”

The state’s rate of cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks was reported last Thursday at 185.8. DeWine had set a benchmark of 50 for lifting the pandemic health orders in the state. He has signaled that a replacement benchmark may be in the works.

Vaccination in Ohio, and across the country, is open to those 16 and older.

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