COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of newly reported coronavirus cases increased 1,539 Thursday and deaths increased 13 since the previous day’s report, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
In all, 164,262 people have had coronavirus and 4,983 people have died.
The health department presumes 140,808 people have recovered.
The 21-day rolling average for cases is now 1,080; for deaths, it’s 19.
“As you can see sadly, the number of cases continues to go up,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing. “We’re above 1,500 for the day. the average is pushing 1,100.”
The number of cases and deaths doesn’t mean they all occurred in the last 24 hours. There’s a lag between when local health departments send the information to the Department of Health.
The coronavirus case and death figures are both those confirmed through testing and those the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider “probable,” which means they have COVID-19 symptoms and were around someone who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, among other criteria.
Eight hundred sixty-three people were were hospitalized in Ohio with COVID-19 on Thursday, according to state figures that will be updated in subsequent days since more people will be admitted in the afternoon and evening, among other changes that will be made.
Of these, 229 people were in intensive-care units on Thursday; 108 people were on ventilators.
A week ago, there were 700 hospitalizations, 196 people in ICUs and 99 people on ventilators.
The number of COVID-19 tests coming back positive was 3.9% on Tuesday, the date for which the most recent positivity rate was available. The seven-day rolling average for the positivity rate was 3.3%.
“Positivity was going down for some time and we were just delighted,” DeWine said.
He said this reflects the ongoing increasing spread in infections.
“So these numbers are not good,” he said.
The state reported 30,787 new coronavirus tests have been performed over Wednesday; 3.45 million tests have been performed in all.
Some people have had more than one test. But each person is considered a single case, regardless of how many positive tests they’ve had.
Across the globe, there were 36.3 million COVID-19 cases and just over 1 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. has had over 7.5 million cases and 212,000 deaths of people with COVID-19.
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