COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 26,016 new COVID-19 cases, 608 additional hospitalizations and 87 deaths on Thursday.
The state health department has now reported a total of 3,002,043 coronavirus cases in the state.
As of Aug. 4, 7,428,582 Ohioans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That accounts for 63.55% of the state's population.
The Ohio Department of Health announced the state would transition from daily to weekly reporting beginning on March 17.
The health department says the change brings Ohio's reporting system more in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A summary of key reporting changes:
- COVID-19 new and cumulative cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and vaccinations that are currently updated daily at coronavirus.ohio.gov will be updated weekly on Thursdays starting Thursday, March 17. Cases will continue to be assigned to the appropriate illness onset date, and vaccinations to their appropriate administration date.
- Newly reported COVID-19 deaths (currently reported twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays) will be reported on Thursdays and will continue to be assigned to the appropriate date of death.
- Data about long-term care facilities, as well as the reports from partner agencies (Developmental Disabilities, Veteran’s Homes, Youth Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Rehabilitation and Corrections), will be published weekly on Thursdays.
- K-12 schools will no longer be required to report positive COVID-19 cases to their local health departments, unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive. In addition, the COVID-19 School Reporting dashboard will be archived.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from ODH:
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.