COVID-19 Update: 1,816 New Cases Reported Today
Feb. 17, 2021
Today, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported 1,816 new cases of COVID-19, 149 hospitalizations and 60 deaths. There is a disclaimer on the data saying the state continues to reconcile the data and the number of deaths will fluctuate.
Last week, ODH announced as many as 4,100 COVID-19 deaths may have been underreported through the state's system between October and December. The death counts had been higher for a few days because of the issue.
ODH also reported 945,107 confirmed cases, 16,513 deaths and 48,888 hospitalizations. The department also reported 872,282 presumed recoveries from the virus. According to ODH, 1,339,231 people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
ODH is now including antigen test results in the total number of cases (confirmed and probable). Governor Mike DeWine said antigen tests are "a bigger part of the overall picture of understanding COVID-19" and that it's important to capture that information.