2021 saw record fatal ODs, gun deaths, car crashes in Ohio over 15 years, data shows

BY: - September 23, 2022

Last year saw the highest numbers of fatal overdoses, gun deaths, homicides, and motor vehicle fatalities among Ohioans over the last 15 years, according to data from the state health department. It was also the third-worst year on record for suicide deaths of Ohioans, just off the high mark set in 2018. Taken together, the […]

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Ohio gun deaths in 2021 near an all time high

BY: - February 18, 2022

More Ohioans died from firearms in 2021 than almost any year on record, according to preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health. With more data set to come in over the next several months, at least 1,762 Ohioans died from firearms last year, just two shy of the record-setting year of 2020. This amounts […]

An estimated 37,000 American kids lost a parent to COVID-19, study finds

BY: - April 9, 2021

An estimated 37,000 to 43,000 American children lost a parent to COVID-19 as of February, according to research published this week. Among the findings, which appeared in JAMA Pediatrics, children aged 0 to 17 experienced a surge in what’s known as “parental bereavement” of somewhere between 17.5% and 20.2%. Of those 37,000 who lost a […]

How ODH undershot the COVID-19 death toll by 34%

BY: - February 12, 2021

Human error, bureaucracy, and an abrupt crush of COVID-19 deaths this fall all factored into a critical accounting mistake obscuring Ohio’s full pandemic death toll, officials said Thursday. Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the blunder traces back to a single employee who was tasked with resolving differences in death tolls between two […]

ODH to add 4000 COVID-19 deaths that ‘may have been underreported’

BY: - February 10, 2021

As many as 4,000 COVID-19 deaths “may have been underreported” and will be added to the state’s pandemic death toll this week, according to a Wednesday news release from the state health department. Under the previous tally from the Ohio Department of Health, 11,856 residents died of COVID-19. The 4,000 unreported deaths will be added […]

COVID-19 becomes 4th leading killer of Ohioans

BY: - December 14, 2020

COVID-19 is the 4th leading killer of Ohioans this year when compared to 2019 mortality data. It could quickly become the third, depending on what happens in the three final weeks remaining in 2020. As of Sunday, 7,492 Ohioans have died from COVID-19, the first having died March 1, according to data from the Ohio […]

1,000 Ohioans reported dead from COVID-19 since May 1

BY: - May 27, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health has reported one thousand dead from COVID-19 since May 1, according to data released Tuesday. With 2,002 deaths on the books since officials first detected the virus in Ohio on March 9, the death toll has doubled since May began. Though early May brought sweeping lockdowns and shuttered businesses, state […]

The grim calculus behind Ohio’s economic reopening

BY: - May 8, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called it a “great Ohio day” Thursday as he announced plans to reopen bars, restaurants, beauty salons and barber shops in the coming weeks. This comes after factories and other businesses have already opened and retail stores are set to open on Tuesday. But statewide and nationally, infections and deaths from […]

Lawsuit claims state stonewalled request for documents on drugs used in capital punishment

BY: - January 14, 2020

An attorney claimed the state has stonewalled her public records request, for the second time since 2016, seeking documents on drugs Ohio uses for capital punishment. Elizabeth Och, a Denver attorney, alleged to the Ohio Supreme Court in November that the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has failed to respond outright to a July […]