The Ohio Department of Health reported fewer than 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the first time since Gov. Mike DeWine set the number as a benchmark to lift the state's pandemic health orders.
DeWine set the goal in early March but announced two months later that the statewide mask mandate and other health orders would expire on June 2.
On Saturday, ODH reported the two-week statewide average of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents is at 49.5 (cases occurred with onset dates in a two-week period from May 22 to June 4).
“Ohioans have shown our resilience and grit, and by continuing to get vaccinated we are coming through this pandemic stronger than ever,” DeWine said. “When I announced this goal on March 4th, I said that reaching 50 cases per 100,000 would mean we were entering a new phase of this pandemic. Vaccinations are working. That's why cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down. But that doesn't mean we can let our foot off the gas. If you're not vaccinated against COVID-19, continue to wear a mask in public and Ohioans that are able to get vaccinated should.”
More than 5.3 million Ohio residents (45.9% of all Ohioans) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 4.7 million people (40.5% of Ohioans) are fully vaccinated.
Case rates per 100,000 residents have been monitored throughout the pandemic and were as high as more than 900 cases per 100,000 residents in data from December of 2020.
COVID-19 in Ohio
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from ODH:
COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinics
The State of Ohio is sponsoring 18 mass vaccination clinics. Any Ohioan who is eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule an appointment at: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Additional details and opening dates can be found here.