COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is scheduled to release the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and the chief doctors from Nationwide, Cincinnati, and Dayton Children’s Hospitals will speak at a press conference addressing the return to school at 2 p.m. as well.
As of Tuesday, August 11, a total of 102,826(+883) 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 percent who do get sick end up in the hospital.
Dr. Patty Manning with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital also joined the governor’s briefing. She says 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.