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Why Isn't Ohio Tracking Most Breakthrough COVID Cases?

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 13, 2019.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 13, 2019.

It’s known that some Ohioans who have been vaccinated are getting cases of breakthrough COVID. But what’s not know is the number of those cases because Ohio doesn’t track them unless they result in hospitalization or death.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s talked to the Ohio Department of Health to find out why it’s not tracking breakthrough COVID cases, and said there’s no way to make sure the data is reliable.

“I understand some other states are doing it but we don’t think the figures would be very reliable. What we think is important is for people to know what their odds of are going to the hospital. And that’s the reason we report those numbers,” DeWine said.

DeWine said most who get breakthrough COVID do not require hospitalization and some cases might be so mild that people don’t know they have it.

The governor says 98.5% of those who have been admitted to the hospital with COVID have not been vaccinated.
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