Contagiousness of COVID-19 in Ohio remains below 1-to-1

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Ohio Governor Mike DeWine discussed the current rate of COVID-19 spread Tuesday saying there is “nothing alarming” about the R0 (“R-Naught”) number as it remains below 1-1 and has fallen in the past week.

“In our most recent calculations, we see that the R0 is about .87 for the entire state,” DeWine stated, reminding Ohioans that the data is on around a 10 day lag.

The R0 number tracks how many people an infected person can spread a disease to. For example, an R0 number of 3 means one person can spread the disease to three others.

During the pandemic, the state was divided into eight different health regions in an effort to better battle the disease. All eight of those regions now show an R0 below at 1 or below, according to a map displayed at the briefing.

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Region 3, which encompasses west central Ohio and includes the Dayton area, shows the R0 number has fallen from 1.07 to .95 in the past week. Region 4, which encompasses much of central Ohio, has an R0 of .93. Region 1, which is comprised of northwest and northcentral Ohio, is .65; region 2, which is northeast Ohio, is .73; region 5, which is east central Ohio, is .87; region 6, southwest Ohio, is 1; and regions 7 and 8, which is south central and southeast Ohio, is 1.

“None of these [numbers] are really alarming,” DeWine added. “Basically what we’re seeing is a replication rate.”

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