COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of newly reported coronavirus cases increased Friday by 1,840 from the previous day’s state report, which is a new record for reported infections in a single day.
The closest Ohio has had to this figure is on July 30, when there were 1,733 in one day. Before that, the record was 1,679 new cases on July 17.
Ohio has had 166,102 coronavirus cases since the outbreak settled in the state earlier this year, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Gov. Mike DeWine, on Thursday when he last addressed the public on the coronavirus, pleaded with Ohioans to wear masks and socially distance.
Although not using the words “second wave,” DeWine said concerned about the situation in coming weeks, with colder weather and people spending more time indoors. Many K-12 and college students have in-person classes, which may be contributing to the spike.
Each day since Sept. 29 — except for weekends when case reports are lower because fewer local health departments are reporting them — newly reported cases have been over 1,000, the threshold that public health officials describe as high for the state. They’d like to see daily numbers come in at below 1,000.
The U.S., as a whole, may be headed for a new spike. The number of new cases reached a high in mid-July and had been decreasing until the end of September, when they started to rise again, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
The number of newly reported deaths since Wednesday’s health department report increased 11 to a total of 4,994.
Ohio is just shy of 5,000 deaths.
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 forty-nine people with COVID-19 were hospitalized throughout the state, Friday according to preliminary figures from the Ohio Hospital Association. The figures are preliminary because more people will be admitted later in the day, among other factors that will change the numbers.
Of total hospitalizations, 240 were in intensive-care units and 118 people had been intubated and were on ventilators.
A week ago today, just 663 people were hospitalized — with 187 in ICUs and 97 on ventilators.
As of Wednesday, the most recent day for data, 3.8% of tests were coming back positive. The seven-day moving average for the positivity rate is 3.4%.
Just over 3.5 million coronavirus tests have been performed in the state, an increase of 48,126 tests since Wednesday.
Some people are tested more than once and each test is counted individually. However, in state COVID-19 case numbers, each case represents a single person, no matter how many times they tested positive.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 36.7 million COVID-19 cases worldwide, with nearly 1.1 million deaths.
In the U.S., there have been 7.6 million cases and 213,000 deaths.
The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths, although some countries may not be accurately counting cases and deaths.
Following the U.S. in deaths, according to Johns Hopkins, is the following:
-149,000 deaths in Brazil
-106,000 deaths in India
-83,000 deaths in Mexico
-42,000 deaths in the U.K.
This story will be updated.
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