COVID-19 in Ohio in four charts

By: - May 21, 2020 3:24 pm

Ohio is in the thick of reopening its economy as the new coronavirus continues to leap from person to person, leaving a joint public health calamity and a devastated economy in its wake.

So where does that leave us?

For starters, here are four key indicators from the Ohio Department of Health. So comparatively, things are stable.

But what does that look like by day?

Over the last seven days, the Ohio Department of Health reported 302 deaths attributable to COVID-19 while another 3,810 became infected. Officials believe these numbers to be undercounts, limited by testing supply shortages and narrow testing supplies.

Here are the numbers, broken up by day. If you discount the spikes in late April, largely attributable to mass testing detecting thousands of cases at three state prisons, the numbers show slow, steady growth.

But what about that testing shortage?

Gov. Mike DeWine has touted Ohio’s “test capacity of 18,800. But state data shows Ohio is testing less than 50% of what DeWine says it is capable of. The numbers also fall short of a key metric established by the World Health Organization and benchmarks determined by the Harvard Global Health Institute.

The virus, coupled with social distancing measures implemented to slow its spread, blew a massive hole in what was a booming economy.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services is scheduled to release Ohio’s unemployment numbers for April on Friday. In the meantime, a snapshot of all available unemployment claim data from the department illustrated just how unprecedented the situation is, financially.

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Jake Zuckerman
Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.