Note: This story outlines events regarding COVID-19 from March 25 through March 31 throughout the state of Ohio. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Jackson or Vinton Counties as of press time.

Ohio’s K-12 schools, public and private, will remain closed until May 1, according to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Here’s a breakdown of statewide data and announcements from the week:

Wednesday, March 25

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 564 confirmed cases to 704.

Deaths in Ohio have increased from 8 to 10 — Cuyahoga (2), Erie (1), Franklin (2) Gallia (1), Lucas (1), Miami (1), Stark (2)

  • 182 of those 704 people are hospitalized. Of those 182 hospitalizations, 75 people are in the intensive care unit.
  • 55 of 88 Ohio counties with confirmed cases

Thursday, March 26

ODH reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 704 confirmed cases to a new total of 867.

  • Deaths in Ohio have increased from 10 to 15
  • At least 60 of 88 Ohio counties have confirmed cases

223 of those people were hospitalized at this point. Of those 223 hospitalizations, 91 people were in the intensive care unit.

Friday, March 27

ODH reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 867 confirmed cases to a new total of 1,137.

  • Deaths in Ohio have increased from 15 to 19.

276 of those people were hospitalized at this point. Of those 276 hospitalizations, 107 people were in the intensive care unit.

Saturday, March 28

ODH reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 1,137 confirmed cases to a new total of 1,406.

  • Over 20,000 Ohioans have been tested for COVID-19 at this point
  • Deaths in Ohio increased from 19 to 25
  • 66 of 88 Ohio counties have confirmed cases

344 those people were hospitalized at this point. Of those 344 hospitalizations, 123 people were in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Sunday, March 29

ODH reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 1,406 confirmed cases to a new total of 1,653.

Over 24,000 Ohioans have been tested for COVID-19 at that point

  • Deaths in Ohio increased from 25 to 29
  • At least 66 of 88 Ohio counties have confirmed cases

403 those people were hospitalized. Of those 403 hospitalizations, 139 people were in the intensive care unit.

Monday, March 30

Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a press conference on Monday, March 30, that the statewide closure of K-12 schools in Ohio is being extended through Friday, May 1.

“We will reevaluate as we get closer to that date,” DeWine explained.

ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton will be signed an order that day regarding the updated school closure extension.

In addition, ODH reported that the cases of COVID-19 in Ohio have increased from 1,653 confirmed cases to a new total of 1,933.

  • Over 24,000 Ohioans have been tested for COVID-19 thus far
  • Deaths in Ohio increased from 29 to 39
  • 70 of 88 Ohio counties had confirmed cases at this point

475 those people were hospitalized at that point. Of those 475 hospitalizations, 163 people were in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Tuesday, March 31

ODH reported that there are now 2,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio.

  • 55 confirmed fatalities
  • 71 of Ohio’s 88 counties have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19

Hospitalizations grew to 585. ICU admissions grew to 198.

DeWine also announced JobsOhio will have a $2M economic development fund for Ohio’s Appalachian counties. These are long-term, low-interest loans geared toward smaller businesses. DeWine also announced that Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Laurie A. Stevenson signed an order to maintain public water services.

For more information about COVID-19 and the state’s response to the pandemic, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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