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Thousands Of COVID-19 Deaths Not Reflected On Ohio's Public Data Dashboard

Ohio Dept of Health Director Stephanie McCloud
Ohio Dept of Health Director Stephanie McCloud

There was a huge jump in COVID deaths on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, and more big bumps are coming in the next few days. 

As many as 4000 deaths will be added into the overall total, which Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud says comes from a problem discovered in the past couple of days.  

“We are starting our standard administrative review process as to how the issue arose and why it was not flagged sooner and I’m really able to comment on anything more than that until that’s completed," McCloud says.

Today's coronavirus dashboard
Credit Ohio Department of Health
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Today's coronavirus dashboard

McCloud suspects part of the problem is because there are two points of entry for death data. This is not the first time the agency has dealt with sluggish data. Last fall, COVID cases lagged behind because of incomplete data from local health departments. 

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.