Virus ‘more contagious than ever,’ DeWine says

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said 38%, or more than 4.4 million Ohioans, have received their first COVID-19 shot.

He said while cases are high, they seem to have plateaued. However, the virus is more contagious than ever.

“Unvaccinated Ohioans lack the same protection against this virus as those who are vaccinated. The virus is now in more contagious forms that put younger people at much greater risk, including the risk of ending up in the hospital,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said.

Dr. Vanderhoff also warned that Ohioans should not count on herd immunity until more people are vaccinated.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 1,058,395 Ohioans have had COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 19,033 deaths.

Ohio currently stands at 200 cases per 100,000 population, still well above the 50 cases per 100,000 population that DeWine has targeted to lift health orders.

Four weeks ago, the number was 144 per 100,000.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to people over the age of 16 in Ohio.

Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to look for open appointments or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to book an appointment over the phone.

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