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Ohio COVID-19 Case Ratio Drops For Two Consecutive Weeks

A sign describing COVID-19 symptoms is displayed in the lobby of a building on the campus of Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler
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The metric the state is using to determine if health restrictions can be lifted continues to trend in the right direction. The state's ratio of COVID-19 cases dipped again this week.

The two-week average of cases per 100,000 people in Ohio is now at just over 155. That's down from over 185 just a week ago, and from 200 cases per 100,000 Ohioans two weeks ago. But it’s still more than the 50 case ratio Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says is needed to lift restrictions.

Here is the state's case ratio by week since DeWine announced that goal in early March:

  • March 10 - 156 cases per 100,000 people
  • March 18 - 143 cases per 100,000 people
  • March 25 - 146 cases per 100,000 people
  • April 1 - 167 cases per 100,000 people
  • April 8 - 183 cases per 100,000 people
  • April 15 - 200 cases per 100,000 people
  • April 22 - 185 cases per 100,000 people
  • April 29 - 155 cases per 100,000 people

DeWine has said the drop can be attributed to more people getting the vaccine and continued compliance of the mask mandate. 

Just under 40% of the state's total population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine, but the number of people starting the vaccination process has slowed.

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