Ohio's COVID vaccinations by race

Data: KFF; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The percentage of white, Black and Hispanic residents in Ohio who have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to lag behind the national average.

Ohio's declining COVID hospitalizations

Data: Ohio Hospital Association; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Ohio's COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined for two straight weeks, suggesting the worst of the Omicron variant surge could soon be behind us.

Free COVID tests available to all U.S. families

Stacked boxes of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests
Boxes of iHealth COVID-19 rapid test kits, provided by the state of California for elementary school parents. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A government portal for ordering free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests is live.

👍 We submitted our orders and are happy to report it's a simple, smooth process.

With focus on COVID, Ohio's other vaccinations lag

Data: Ohio Department of Health; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

While the public's focus shifts to COVID-19's Omicron surge, routine health care for Ohio's adolescents could be falling through the cracks.

What's happening: The number of teens receiving required childhood vaccines — the non-COVID ones — has nosedived during the pandemic, according to our review of Ohio Department of Health data.

Ohio schools can't require COVID shots — for now

Reproduced from National Academy for State Health Policy; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

While COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5 and older, it's unlikely they'll be added to Ohio's schedule of required student vaccinations any time soon.

Ohio's COVID surge is probably worse than we think

Illustration of a pattern of covid particles and positive signs turning into each other.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Ohio's latest COVID-19 surge is likely being underreported because of a simultaneous surge in at-home testing.

Why it matters: Without accurate data, health officials can't capture the full severity of community spread.

COVID surge closes central Ohio classrooms again

Data: Columbus City Schools; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

This week's return from winter break has been a struggle for central Ohio schools, with staffing shortages forcing more building closures than any other time this school year.

  • That likely isn't going away any time soon, with COVID-19 cases still surging to unprecedented levels due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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