The Ohio Department of Health’s latest report shows deaths are up, while the rest of the daily figures are below the 21 day average. There are now 29,436 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The state’s death toll is at 1,781. Close to 5,200 Ohioans have been hospitalized from the virus; 1,369 have been admitted into the intensive care unit.
More than 287,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Ohio, including 10,000+ in the past 24 hours. Ohio have a positive test rate of around 10.2%.
The coronavirus has disproportionately affected African Americans in Ohio. Governor Mike DeWine assembled a Minority Health Strike Force to address this problem over a month ago. DeWine says he’ll be talking more in-depth about that task force on Thursday and what can be done to help populations who are being hit hard by COVID-19.
After allowing bars and restaurants to reopen and offer outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, the state will allow dining establishments to offer indoor service starting tomorrow morning. This decision comes after indoor dining has been prohibited for over two months in Ohio. WHBC will have more coverage on this significant reopening in the coming days.