Ohio to end daily reporting of COVID-19 data; will report weekly

Titus Wu
The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio Department of Health said it will end daily reporting of COVID-19 data beginning Monday. 

Instead, new numbers will be posted weekly, said department head Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, with most data like cases, hospitalizations and vaccinations updated every Thursday.

“The situation is improving and our experience with COVID-19 is [shifting] from a pandemic to endemic state," he said.

A lot of states have already ended daily reporting, Vanderhoff noted. He also said it was to better align with benchmarks from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are focused more on tracking severity of illness, not just spread.

"There are certain days of the week when testing goes up; there are certain days of the week when testing goes down," he said, explaining how the weekly timeframe also in a way is better than daily snapshots.  

The Ohio health department also said its guidance will no longer ask schools to report positive cases of COVID-19 to local health departments, unless the school has actually tested the student. Quarantine and isolation guidelines remain the same.

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It comes as COVID-19's impact on the state have reached its lowest levels since August.  All but 10 counties in Ohio have low or medium levels of community spread of COVID-19, said the health director.

Reported daily cases have now consistently stayed well below 1,000 cases, and hospitalization numbers hover around 700 – huge drops from early in January.

As a result, many schools and local governments have recently begun lifting mask orders and other COVID-19 restrictions as well. 

Vanderhoff assured the public that the department will remain vigilant about tracking the impact of the virus and trying to stay ahead of it.

Titus Wu is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.