Ohio hits 15% positivity rate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The State of Ohio has hit a 15% COVID-19 positivity rate, a measurement the health department has used for several months to indicate states where the virus is widespread.

15% was the positivity rate warning level given by the Ohio Department of Health to other states in its weekly travel advisory.

It indicates the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive.

After hovering under a 3% positivity rate in September, Ohio’s testing shows the virus is more widespread.

The 15% positivity rate is the 7 day moving average.

The most recent day’s test results show a positivity rate over 18%.

Data indicates that number will continue to rise, as there has been no plateau in new cases and a continued increase in hospitalizations.

Ohio has seen 437,928 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in March.

5,208 people are currently being treated for coronavirus at Ohio hospitals.

6,671 people in the state have died.

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