Ohio Latest Updates On Covid-19

May 14, 2020

As of May 14, there were 24,800 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, according to the state health department. Compared to other states, Ohio ranks in the top 50 percent of U.S. states for the number of coronavirus cases. At least 4,718 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Ohio, including 1,268 in the ICU.

There have been 1,534 deaths from coronavirus in Ohio. The first victim was 76-year-old Mark Wagner Sr, a Toledo attorney who may have contracted the virus during a trip to California, according to WOSU radio.

The Ohio Department of Health declined to provide information on outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes in the state, but local media found more than 100 long-term care facilities with cases of coronavirus. The Columbus Dispatch reported April 17 that there have been at least 820 cases and at least 88 deaths in nursing homes.On April 27, the state changed its testing guidelines in long-term care facilities to prioritize those who have been exposed but are asymptomatic. Previously, only those with symptoms were prioritized.

On April 30, the Columbus Dispatch found that 74 percent of new cases of coronavirus reported between April 22 and April 29 were in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

At least five prisons are in quarantine after coronavirus cases were discovered among inmates or staff. The Marion Correctional Facility in Marion, Ohio, is experiencing an outbreak, with nearly 2,000 inmates testing positive for coronavirus as of April 20, according to 10TV. That’s 78 percent of the prison population, according to Cleveland News 5. One correctional officer and six inmates have died. Meanwhile, a second outbreak at the Pickaway Correctional Facility has infected 1,163 inmates and caused 21 deaths. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, one of Pickaway’s nurses, Tina Reeves, died April 27 in COVID-19.

Despite the stay-at-home order, 100 protesters gathered outside the Ohio State Capitol on April 13 to voice their opposition to the state’s coronavirus closure measure. State Health Commissioner Dr. Amy Acton has come under fire from protesters gathered at her home in Bexley, and legislation to limit her authority has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. According to WBNS, Governor Mike DeWine has said he will veto any such legislation.

The store will open in Ohio on Tuesday (May 12). The state is randomly testing 1,200 people for active infection and coronavirus antibodies to learn more about how widespread the virus has been so far during the pandemic, according to the Columbus Dispatch.