50 confirmed coronavirus cases in Ohio in 12 counties

Up from 37 yesterday
Posted at 2:12 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 23:26:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are now 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio in 12 counties, according to a Monday afternoon update from the Ohio Department of Health.

The total number of cases rose from 37 Sunday.

Cuyahoga County remains the county with the highest number of cases in the state with 24. There are 6 in Butler, 2 in Belmont, 3 in Franklin, 1 in Geauga, 3 in Lorain, 1 in Lucas, 1 in Medina, 3 in Stark, 2 in Summit, 2 in Trumbull and 1 in Tuscarawas.

There are currently 14 coronavirus hospitalizations in Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine said the ages of the patients diagnosed with COVID-19 range from 14 to 86.

DeWine said 20 females and 30 males have been diagnosed.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton going over the computer modeling used to outline the potential spread of the virus across the state in the coming weeks.

“We are on the up-slope, how high that will go, the rate of that curve will very a lot with what we do,” Acton said.

"You have to just to assume that any one of us 5 days from now, 14 days from now, will be sick with it.”

The National Institute of Health released a federal study, which is awaiting peer review, that suggests COVID-19 can live in the air for up to three hours after it is aerosolized in droplets, like those produced by a cough or sneeze.

The study suggeststhe virus may live outside the human body for up to a day on cardboard, up to three days on stainless steel or plastic, and multiple days on copper.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posting its informationhow the disease is spread, that it might be possible before people show symptoms, but that its not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.