New cases reported Friday above average as Cuyahoga County reports highest number of weekly cases

Posted at 3:42 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 16:04:37-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 651 new COVID-19 cases and 33 new deaths around the state on Friday, bringing the total number of Ohio cases to 34,566 and total deaths to 2,131.

The 651 cases reported on Friday is over 100 more cases than the 21-day new case average.

Of the new cases reported Friday, 107 came from Cuyahoga County, which saw the highest number of new cases this week since the start of the pandemic.

“I think it's a reflection of we do have more testing now than we have in the past and the last few weeks. Obviously, you've seen it bounced a little bit, a few thousand tests up and down the last couple of weeks. But if you compare that to March and you compare that to April, we did not have a lot of testing then,” said Cuyahoga County Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett.

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The report of 33 new deaths Friday is six fewer than the 21-day average of daily deaths.

Hospitalizations continued to trend upward Friday, with 136 reported, compared to 111 the previous day, and the 21-day average of 82.

ICU admissions dropped significantly compared to previous days – there were just 17 reported Friday, compared to 24 on Thursday and 42 on Wednesday.

The demographics of COVID-19 patients remain mostly unchanged: they range in age from less than 1 to 109 years old, the median age is 49, the gender breakdown is 47% female and 52% male.

To date, there have been 367,526 tests in Ohio.

Editor's Note: The data in the graphics above are updated daily, and after 24 hours, may not reflect the statistics at the time this story was published.

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