COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health released the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state on Tuesday afternoon.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and the chief doctors from Nationwide, Cincinnati, and Dayton Children’s Hospitals spoke at a press conference Tuesday, addressing Ohio’s return to school. DeWine unveiled his education model for the reopening of schools.
As of Tuesday, August 11, a total of 102,826 (+1,035) cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 3,708 (+35) deaths and 11,760 (+131) hospitalizations. There are a 79,321 presumed recovered cases in the state.
The Department of Health adds the data when it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.
Governor DeWine shared a map showing decisions of districts in the state regarding back to school.
There are 325 school districts planning to return full time, representing around 590,000 students, 55 districts or around 390,000 students will begin online. DeWine says he believes schools are doing a good job getting ready.
Dr. John Barnard from Nationwide Children’s Hospital joined Gov. DeWine. He said that although most children that contract COVID-19 are fine, they find around 10% who do get sick end up in the hospital.
Dr. Patty Manning, with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, also joined the governor’s briefing. She said we are really just learning what part children play in the spread of COVID-19. She says teenagers are at great risk for spread because they are very active and mobile.
According to Dr. Manning, distance, mask wearing and hand hygiene are key to keeping kids safe.