State data shows a flat overall death rate from all causes so far this year in Ohio.
But a recent analysis by the non-partisan Center for Community Solutions shows those numbers are incomplete, and unexplained deaths are up by a factor of three. Center spokesperson Loren Anthes says Ohio is behind other states in reporting data, due in part to poor health funding:
Anthes says the threefold spike could indicate health clinics didn't know what hit them at first. As testing ramps up, state health officials say they will be able to better determine the true COVID-19 mortality rate. Experts from Harvard University have recommended Ohio test nearly 18 thousand people a day.