COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is scheduled to release the latest COVID-19 case numbers for the state Sunday afternoon.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, a total of 137,405 (+837) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 4,415 (+4) deaths and 14,314 (+30) hospitalizations. There are presumed 114,906 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.
Sunday’s numbers are below the state’s 21-day daily average. Over the last 21 days, the state’s daily average for cases is 1,076; for deaths, it’s 21, and for hospitalizations, it’s 72.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine began his last briefing on the COVID-19 fight Thursday by warning that flu season is coming and that, along with COVID-19, could be extremely dangerous. He received his vaccine alongside First Lady Fran DeWine during the briefing.
In the latest Ohio Public Health Advisory system map, only six counties are level 3. More and more counties are going to levels 1 and 2.
Also at Thursday’s update, the governor announced Dr. Joan Duwve as the new Ohio Department of Health director, only to have Duwve take herself out of consideration for the position hours later. According to a South Carolina news report, she cited the harassment of former ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton as the reason for removing herself from the position.
DeWine is expected to hold his next news conference Tuesday afternoon.