State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) announces that House Bill 624, known as the Truth in COVID-19 Statistics Bill, has been assigned to the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. The legislation seeks to gather more specifics on the figures being released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as it relates to the coronavirus.

“I’m excited to see my legislation has received a committee assignment in the Senate,” said Grendell. “Ohioans are in support of this bill, as it is important for them to get the full truth and scope of all the details surrounding the decisions being made by the administration, as it crucially affects their public health, livelihoods, and schools.”

Key points regarding House Bill 624 and COVID-19 statistics includes:

  • Ohio’s Population: 11,747,700

-          Cases: 53,335

-          Total COVID Deaths: 2,901

-          Nursing Home Deaths: 2,022

-          Prison Deaths: 84

-          Non-Congregate Setting Deaths: 795

-          Chance of contraction: 0.045%

-          Chance of death: 0.02%

*Numbers are as of July 9

  • Over 70% of deaths (2,106 out of 2,901 as of July 9) are occurring in congregate settings – this is not prominently reported;

  • Inclusion of daily reporting numbers in press conferences;

  • Inclusion of ZIP code data;

Counties that are currently reporting ZIP code data: Geauga, Trumbull, Lake, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Mahoning, Columbiana, Summit, Greene, Butler, Lucas, Huron, Licking, Montgomery Warren, Clark, Hamilton, Fairfield, Medina, Wood.

States that are currently reporting ZIP code data: Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maine.

  • Received 28 proponent testimonies, 0 testimonies in opposition.

The Truth in COVID-19 Statistics Bill has not yet received a first hearing date. Senator William Coley II serves as the Chair of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, to contact his office and urge passage of this bill through committee, please call (614) 466-8072 or visit the committee’s website at to contact individual committee members. Senate President Larry Obhof can be contacted at (614) 466-7505.

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