Ohio counties where schools remained in-person saw higher rates of COVID-19 spread and death, a new analysis found.
In-person education contributed to spikes in COVID-19 cases across Ohio in 2020, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.
Remote education policies helped to stymie the spread of the virus in many Ohio counties, leading to fewer cases and fewer deaths than counties where schools predominantly used in-person learning, the study said.
In Ohio, 16 counties pursued primarily in-person learning in fall 2020, while 11 counties had online-only classes, and 59 counties implemented hybrid models. Two Ohio counties did not provide data to researchers. Researchers examined the chosen education method along with COVID-19 deaths in all of Ohio's 88 counties......