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CLEVELAND (WJW) – The Biden administration decided to extend the mask mandate on public transit as national COVID-19 case numbers have seen a recent uptick mainly due to the BA.2 omicron subvariant.

The U.S. has seen confirmed cases go from about 25,000 per day to more than 30,000 per day in recent weeks.

So, where does Ohio stand on COVID cases? According to the Ohio Department of Health:

  • Week of March 18: Ohio reported 3,668 new cases, 193 hospitalizations and 185 deaths.
  • Week of March 25: Ohio reported 3,103 new cases, 297 hospitalizations and 249 deaths.
  • Week of April 1: Ohio reported 3,828 new cases, 257 hospitalizations and 124 deaths.
  • Week of April 8: Ohio reported 4,808 new cases, 317 hospitalizations and 100 deaths.

In Cuyahoga County, officials said “we are in good shape.” According to a tweet by Cuyahoga County, “positivity numbers are nearly the lowest they’ve been in a long, long time.”

According to public health officials, it’s becoming more difficult to accurately track COVID cases in Ohio because many COVID-19 test kit results are not being reported to the health department. Thus, experts expect case numbers to be higher than those being reported.

To date, the state has reported 2,681,437 confirmed COVID cases.

Ohio is among several states no longer reporting data daily but rather on a weekly basis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.