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Ohio’s COVID-19 data is accurate, state auditor says

BY: - March 24, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health’s data on the COVID-19 pandemic is accurate, according to a state audit released Tuesday after a nearly nine-month probe. State Auditor Keith Faber launched a review of ODH data in July as fellow Republicans from President Donald Trump to then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder were accusing health officials, without evidence, […]

Along with health department, state auditor missed 4,000 COVID-19 deaths during probe

BY: - February 18, 2021

The Ohio State Auditor’s months-long investigation into the state health department’s COVID-19 data practices failed to detect the 4,000 newly discovered COVID-19 deaths announced by the Ohio Department of Health last week. Auditor Keith Faber’s staff have declined to fully explain how they missed the deaths — which sprung Ohio’s death toll from about 12,000 […]

Health department epidemiologist resigns after state discovers 4000 omitted COVID-19 deaths

BY: - February 12, 2021

An epidemiology investigator resigned this week and the head of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases was reassigned after the state health department discovered it undercounted Ohio’s COVID-19 death toll by about 34%. Karthik Kondapally resigned from the Ohio Department of Health, said Arundi Venkayya, the department’s chief communications officer, in an email Friday. Likewise, Sietske […]

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 […]

‘Trust issues’ prompt nursing home workers to decline COVID-19 vaccine, union says

BY: - January 5, 2021

Nursing home workers are passing on their chance at early access to the COVID-19 vaccine, officials say, blowing a crosswind against a scarce supply of doses and a pandemic in a tailspin. Gov. Mike DeWine first drew attention to the issue Wednesday, claiming during a televised press briefing that roughly 60% of staffers who were […]

We don’t know where Ohioans are contracting COVID-19

BY: - June 12, 2020

Everyone knows the numbers. About 40,000 Ohioans have contracted COVID-19, 2,500 have died. That’s a piece of the 2 million infected Americans, more than 114,000 of whom have died in the pandemic since January. The data are nearly ubiquitous, a click away. Absent from the Ohio Department of Health’s website, however, is comprehensive information on […]