COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio coronavirus cases marched past 1 million on Monday, with the Ohio Department of Health reporting 1,001,194 coronavirus cases in all.
Surpassing the 1 million mark was expected, since this is an increase of 1,444 cases from Sunday.
For cases, the state follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition, 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.
Deaths of Ohioans from COVID-19 remained at 18,340. The state is only updating the fatality tally twice a week, after the federal government confirms COVID-19 deaths, and the last increase was reported Friday.
Between 6 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, 16,513 additional second doses of vaccine were reported to have been administered. This includes the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and brings the total number of people with completed vaccines to over 1.6 million people -- representing 13.77% of the state’s population.
Gov. Mike DeWine, during his Monday afternoon coronavirus update, said after weeks of cases generally decreasing, that trend has appeared to have stopped.
“What we’re starting to see is what I would describe as a plateau of cases,” he said.
DeWine cautioned that in certain parts of neighboring Michigan and West Virginia are seeing case numbers climb, which could occur in Ohio.
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