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Covid-19 Hospitalizations

State health officials report the number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped again Wednesday, marking seven straight days of declines and triggering the benchmark Governor Mike DeWine set Tuesday to begin rolling back the statewide curfew.  

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State health officials say the number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 have begun to decline this month, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says that will be the benchmark for lifting the statewide curfew which has been in effect since mid-November.

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is extending the statewide 10pm to 5am curfew through the end of the year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to build steam.

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Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits.

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While state and local health officials continue to struggle with a backlog of some 75-hundred COVID-19 antigen tests, the Ohio Department of Health reported over 66-hundred new cases Monday afternoon, and recorded 30 new deaths from COVID-19. 

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After a week of incomplete data, state health officials are reporting over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases in Ohio, but caution those numbers include two days worth of back reports from Mercy Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic over the weekend. 

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials warn that the coronavirus continues to reach into every corner of Ohio, with an additional 4,071 cases and 55 deaths recorded in the past 24-hours. 

Ohio Department of Health

Coronavirus cases continue to surge, as Ohio hit a new record of single day cases today, and hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise.

Ohio Department of Health

As the COVID-19 surge continues across the Midwest, 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties are considered high incidence areas, which the Centers for Disease C0ntrol defines as more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents.

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The state Monday reported an increase of more than 1,800 cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours.

Updated Friday 2:15 p.m. ET to include a comment from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The federal government is preparing to crack down aggressively on hospitals for not reporting complete COVID-19 data daily into a federal data system, according to internal documents obtained by NPR.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working "to build a revolutionary new data system" for COVID-19 hospital data collection that the CDC will run upon completion, according to Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Birx's comments this week come a month after the Trump administration mandated that hospitals sidestep the agency and send critical information about COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment to a different federal database managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC.

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State health officials Wednesday reported 1,419 new cases of COVID-19  and 40 new deaths. 

An NPR investigation has found irregularities in the process by which the Trump administration awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Pittsburgh company to collect key data about COVID-19 from the country's hospitals.

The contract is at the center of a controversy over the administration's decision to move that data reporting function from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has tracked infection information for a range of illnesses for years — to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Updated July 16, 9:40 a.m. ET

The Trump Administration has mandated that hospitals sidestep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send critical information about COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment to a different federal database.

From the start of the pandemic, the CDC has collected data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, availability of intensive care beds and personal protective equipment. But hospitals must now report that information to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC.