Ohio reports 1,558 new coronavirus cases: Saturday update – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported Saturday afternoon that the state has 1,558 new coronavirus cases.

This brings the total number of cases to 988,298, which includes confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.

The state did not report any new deaths in the last 24 hours as the state recently announced new deaths will not be available daily anymore. The state’s dashboard will be updated two times a week.

The Ohio Department of Health is relying on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track deaths of Ohio residents, a change in the counting protocol that was announced Tuesday.

Between 6 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, 43,505 people have completed their vaccination.

The total number of people who have completed their vaccine is now at more than 1.3 million, which represents 11.46 percent of Ohio’s population.

The state follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of a “case,” which includes those diagnosed through genetic PCR or antigen tests, or people diagnosed in a clinical setting — experiencing symptoms who are linked to a confirmed COVID-19 case, among other criteria.

More than 119 million people worldwide have or have had COVID-19 and more than 2.6 million people have died from the deadly virus.

More than 29 million people in the United States have or have had COVID-19, and more than 533,000 people have died from it.

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