DeWine Says Jump In Days Total of COVID-19 Deaths Reflect Reporting Delay

Sep 15, 2020

...from the state's COVID-19 dashboard for September 15th, 2020.
Credit Ohio Department of health

State health officials reported 1,001 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24-hours, in keeping with the three week average.  

87 deaths were reported, the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since May, and far more than seen in recent weeks.  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says one reason is the time lag in death reports. "The key word is 'report'.  Coroners have up to six months - usually doesn't take that long, but they have up to six months to certify a death certificate.  So there can be a delay between the date a death occurs and the date a death is reported, and many times there is."

DeWine says one of the deaths reported today occurred in early May, one in later part of June, but 83% of those deaths reported today occurred in the past month.  There have been 4,506 deaths from COVID-19 reported since the beginning of the pandemic.