Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources and Quick Facts
- (Totals updated Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.)
The state of Ohio reports its COVID-19 numbers slightly differently than surrounding states. In addition to sharing the number of cases confirmed by a positive test, Ohio health officials share a total that includes cases in which coronavirus has been diagnosed by a physician according to CDC guidelines but not confirmed by testing. Likewise, the state's official death tally includes deaths in which a patient was not tested but non-COVID causes have been eliminated.
WCPO will publish both sets of numbers.
- Positive cases confirmed by tests only: 172,997
- Positive cases confirmed by tests and cases diagnosed by physicians: 183,624
- Confirmed COVID-19 deaths only: 4,767
- Confirmed deaths and deaths judged COVID-19-related without a test: 5,075
- Number of hospitalizations: 17,172
- Positive cases: 88,247
- Confirmed deaths: 1,326
- Total tested: 1,819,333
- Recovered: 17,229
- Positivity rate (seven-day average): 4.97%
- Positive cases: 149,166
- Confirmed deaths: 3,727
- Total tested: 1,564,722 individuals tested, 2,533,863 total tests administered
- Positivity rate: 11.8% seven-day rate, 9.5% cumulative rate
Click here to see a timeline of the coronavirus in Ohio.
Find more coronavirus/COVID-19 hotlines and resources below:
- Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH
- See ODH’s COVID-19 resources here.
- State COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-722-5725
- See the Cabinet for Health and Family Services coronavirus resource site here.
- SDH Epidemiology Resource Center: (317) 233-7125 or (317) 233-1325 after hours, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- See more information for coronavirus in Indiana here.
What is coronavirus, COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are "a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
A novel coronavirus, such as COVID-19, is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 45 countries across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
The CDC reports the initial patients in China have some link to a large seafood and live animal market, indicative of animal-to-person spread. A growing number of patients, however, did not report exposure to animal markets, indicating the disease is spreading person-to-person.
What are the symptoms? How does it spread?
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death, according to the CDC. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath.
The CDC said symptoms could appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. It is similar to the incubation period for MERS.
Spread of the virus is thought to be mainly from person-to-person. Spread is between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Spread occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
According to the CDC, it could be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, the CDC said.
The disease is most contagious when people are the sickest and showing the most symptoms.