Ohio bars and restaurants are sources of more COVID-19 outbreaks than churches and daycares, says Ohio Department of Health


After Ohio Governor Mike DeWine last week requested and received a warrant for bars and restaurants across the state to make a final 10 p.m. appeal to help stem the tide of infections in coronavirus, many owners and operators have wondered where the data will support the decision. .

Until then, the state had not provided any statistics on infections that could be traced in the hospitality industry, and all the public had to continue was an assortment of anecdotal evidence and the occasional history of the local health departments of the county.

Today, the Ohio Department of Health released statistics to support that decision. (Set aside, for now, that there is a strong argument that if bars and restaurants are a link for the broadcast, shutting them down at 10 p.m. instead of all that doesn’t make sense. DeWine seems making the call in the interest of helping a large sector of the Ohio economy get back on its feet and get people back to work.)

Bars and restaurants, since July 1, have been the source of at least 50 outbreaks, according to contact tracing efforts. This goes beyond daycares (11), churches (8) and schools / universities (4). The ministry has not released data on the number of cases linked to each outbreak.

The state may or may not release additional detailed information, according to Cleveland.com, with the main hurdle being collecting information from county departments, each facing their own issues.

In Erie County, for example, the health department reported this week that 14 people have refused to self-quarantine and that “the department is also running up against people refusing to help with the efforts. contact tracing to find out who may have been exposed. to COVID-19. Some, in fact, have insulted health service workers and refuse to answer questions. ”

The Erie County Health Commissioner went so far as to ask “the state health department to waive federal HIPAA medical confidentiality rules and allow it to publish the names of people who disobey. quarantine instructions ”.

“I think the public has a right to know that,” the commissioner told the Sandusky Register. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, but I put it there.


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