COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Saturday that Ohio has reached the COVID-19 case threshold he originally set in order to lift health orders in the state.
The governor’s office announced that as of Saturday, the state had reached 49.5 outbreaks of COVID-19 per 100,000 population during the two-week period of May 22 to June 4.
DeWine initially set the metric in early March, saying it would take 50 cases per 100,000 for state health orders to be lifted.
DeWine, however, lifted health orders on June 2 when the state hovered just above 50 per 100,000.
“Ohioans have shown our resilience and courage, and by continuing to get vaccinated, we are going through this pandemic stronger than ever,” DeWine said in a press release.
“When I announced this goal on March 4eI said that reaching 50 cases per 100,000 would mean that we are entering a new phase of this pandemic. Vaccines work. This is why cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the decline. But that doesn’t mean we can let go. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, continue to wear a mask in public and Ohioans who can get vaccinated should. “
State health officials calculate cases per 100,000 people by adding up the onset cases for the previous 14 days, dividing them by the Ohio population in 2019 (11,689,100), and then multiplying that. result per 100,000.
According to the announcement, more than 5.3 million Ohioans have started the COVID-19 vaccination process, representing 45.9% of all Ohioans. More than 4.7 million people, or 40.5%, of all Ohioans are fully vaccinated.
As of December 2020, case rates per 100,000 population were over 900, the state said.
It’s been almost a year since Ohio saw 50 or fewer cases per 100,000; the last time this happened was June 25, 2020, when the state recorded 49.7 cases for the period June 11-24.
While the Ohio health order has expired, the state is still encouraging unvaccinated residents to follow COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, including wearing a face mask and social distancing. Companies can still demand masks despite a customer or employee’s immunization status, the state said.
Local ordinances, such as the Columbus Mask Mandate, remain in effect despite the statewide warrants being lifted.