Acton: Statistics on recovered COVID-19 patients won't be available 'for a while'

Amy Acton feat Mike DeWine
Posted at 8:12 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 20:13:13-04

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Statistics involving recovered COVID-19 patients in Ohio will not be available to the public for some time, according to Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

Acton responded to multiple questions during Governor Mike DeWine’s daily coronavirus press conference Thursday, including why Ohioans haven’t been able to see the number of recovered patients in the state as officials release numbers regarding hospitalizations, confirmed cases and virus-related deaths.

“[Doctors] hear the symptoms and they’re telling [patients] to stay home,” said Acton. “And so we will be able to start having data about people, for instance, that were hospitalized, and you could assume that they ran a 14-day course and are recovering. But our real understanding of this is going to fall very short for a while.”

Acton continued to say that she and her team are working to publish statistics eventually, though the statewide lack of testing makes it hard to know the full scope of recovery.

And with some aspects of the virus still unknown, such as when it is truly safe to interact with people once again after recovery -- Acton said she and her team will have to do their best with the information they have available.

“We’ll have to make some assumptions in this,” Acton said. “The science is still evolving.”

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