For the second week in a row, Ohio is reporting a drop in its statewide average for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.

The case rate is now at 155.6 cases per 100,000, the Ohio Department of Health reported April 29. Last week, the case rate was 185.8 per 100,000 residents

In March, DeWine said all public health orders would be lifted once the state hit a mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks. 

Ohio has had 1,070,771 total cases of COVID-19, according to ODH.

The number of reported cases increased by 1,786 from April 28, exceeding the state's 21-day average of 1,770.

The ODH has changed how it releases COVID-19 deaths in the state after conducting a review of the process. Deaths will be verified by coded death certificate information received from the National Center for Health Statistics, which can take some time to receive, according to a note on the ODH website. Death information is not available daily and will be updated twice a week moving forward. 

Ohio residents account for a total of 19,188 COVID-19 deaths, the ODH reported April 27; the median age of those who has died is 80.

The individuals who have tested positive range in age of less than a year to 111 years old; the median age is 41.

The total number of tests conducted in Ohio is 12,377,221. The daily percent positivity of confirmed laboratory tests is 3.5%, with a seven-day moving average of 3.6%, according to April 26 data reported by performing labs via ODH's electronic laboratory reporting system. 

The ODH reports 56,272 cumulative hospitalizations, and 7,772 individuals have been admitted to the ICU due to the coronavirus. The median age of those hospitalized is 67.

There are currently 1,200 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus. Of those currently hospitalized, 324 are in the ICU, and 205 are on ventilators.

The ODH reports 1,016,805 individuals are presumed recovered – defined as cases with a symptom onset over 21 days prior who are not deceased.

Cuyahoga County accounts for 110,048 of the cases, 6,577 hospitalizations and 2,090 deaths.

A total of 4,658,250 Ohioans (39.85% of the state's population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,715,333 Ohioans (31.78%) completed the vaccination process as of April 29.

U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot late April 23, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot. Gov. Mike DeWine announced later that night that vaccine providers in Ohio can resume use of the J&J vaccine.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call 833-4ASKODH (833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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