Ohio blocks progress in COVID-19 recovery | Ohio
(The Center Square) – Ohio’s recovery from COVID-19 pandemic appears to be on hold; cases are declining but slowly, vaccination rates have fallen and the state’s economic recovery remains below the national average.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his weekly press briefing Monday that the state’s case rate per 100,000 people was 147.9, slightly lower than a week ago, but consistent with recent weeks. DeWine has set a target of 50 cases per 100,000 to end COVID-19 restrictions.
So far, 40.39% of the population of Ohio has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the rate of those vaccinated has recently declined.
“We have seen the number of vaccines drop quite dramatically in Ohio. We hope to see a better number, ”said DeWine.
COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours have fallen to 995, while the average number of cases over a 24-hour period in the past 21 days is 1,648. Hospitalizations have also fallen below the average of 21 days and no deaths were reported.
“We are slightly decreasing the number of cases, which is encouraging news,” DeWine said. “We are heading in the right direction with regard to cases.”
Ohio continues to be below par on economic recovery new report posted Tuesday on the WalletHub personal finance website.
According to the report, the state ranks 36th in the country, well behind its neighbors Indiana and Kentucky.
Ohio ranked 25th for overall economy and labor market and 28th for COVID-19 health. However, the state’s travel and recreation area ranks 42nd in the country. It also ranks 48th for the smallest change in total weekly vacancies.
South Dakota ranked as the best state for COVID-19 recovery, followed by Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska and Alaska.
Michigan is the worst state in the overall recovery, according to the report, followed by New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.