The number of Ohio infants who died before their first birthdays dropped to 929 in 2019 from 938 in 2018, marking a third straight year of decline, according to a new report released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). There were 356 Black infant deaths in 2019, an increase of 17 from 2018. This is still lower than 2015, 2016, and 2017. However, the racial disparities gap continues to widen, with Black infants being 2.8 times more likely to die than white infants. The number of white infants that died in 2019 was 518, the lowest number in the past 10 years.