COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported an all-time high of 4,961 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 235,170.
The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 2,825. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 221,881 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.
According to Gov. Mike DeWine, every county in the state of Ohio now has a high incidence of coronavirus.
"So, it is everywhere. And I can't run from it, we got to face it and we have to deal with it. So no matter where you live in the state of Ohio, we now have high incidence," DeWine said.
"This virus is flaring up, and we have to push it down - the economy depends on it," said DeWine. "If the virus continues to aggressively spread, people will lose confidence in their ability to safely go to stores, restaurants, and other businesses. If we want to keep our economy moving, we must all live with this virus and we must all be more careful."
There were 437 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today, the most reported since July 3. Cleveland reported 102 new cases and one death.
There have now been 5,461 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 33 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 20.
The ODH reported 214 new hospitalizations today, with 23 ICU admissions, both of which were higher than the 21-day average.
Gov. Mike DeWine said there are now 2,075 COVID-19 patients in hospitals today, which is a 55% increase compared to two weeks ago.
There are now 541 Ohioans in an ICU.
"Today we have a record number of patients hospitalized," DeWine said during a press conference on Thursday. "You're seeing, not quite as fast here, but it is going up and at a very, very, very high rate, which is much faster than we've seen it since the beginning."
As of today, 178,646 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.
There were 49,681 tests done on Nov. 3, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 9.2% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 7.6%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.
Some Northeast Ohioans, who have dealt with COVID-19, issued a warning to all residents not to become complacent with Ohio continuing to set new daily Coronavirus records.
Ross Vukovich of North Canton, who recovered from the virus in September, told News 5 local families need to take even greater steps to protect themselves as we head into the cold weather holiday season.
“Heed the warning, understand that it’s as real as it gets, they’re not making that up,” Vukovich said.
“Well I’ve never spent a night in a hospital in my life, and my wife was terrified, because I spent 6 nights in the hospital."
“5,000 cases in one day is real, and the fact of it is, we still don’t know everything about this virus.”
Vukovich said it's important residents seek the advice of their doctors, and credited his doctor and the nursing staff at Altman Hospital for his quick recovery.
"We have the best medical professionals and hospital system in the world, we need to rely on those people to help us, because they are good at it," Vukovich said. "They helped me, they literally helped me."
"I recommend that they talk to their doctor, we need to rely on our hospitals because we've learned a lot, they have learned a lot on how to treat it, because six months ago we didn't know all that."
"And the nurses did a wonderful job, they did such a good job, they said you need to get up a walk around this room a little bit and sit in your chair instead of laying in this bed, like all that stuff, and that made me feel better."
Sam Hemoud of Avon Lake suffered through the virus in March, his 75-year-old father was hospitalized with the virus in April.
Hemoud said we all need to keep in mind that COVID-19 data is a lot more than just numbers."
“And so to say well that’s one percent or that’s a tenth of a percent, that’s people becoming desensitized, that’s no complacency," Hemoud said.
“We’re talking about human beings, we’re not talking about machines breaking down, we’re talking about someone’s loved one.”
“I’m not going to sit here and tell you, ‘oh only 200 people died this week, or in a month,’ or whatever the stats are, and tell you that’s okay. It’s not okay.”
Since September 24, the total number of tests in Ohio has increased by approximately 44%, but positive cases have increased 280% in the same time period. If a person is tested multiple times, they are only counted once.
"Without testing, we'll certainly be flying blind, and we have always wanted more testing and so we've got it up significantly," DeWine said. "Our cases have also increased significantly in the past several weeks in fact, our case data has increased to a much higher rate than our testing has."
The median age of patients is 41 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.
View more data from the ODH on their COVID-19 dashboard here.
Note: Some of the charts above are updated with new data daily, and after 24 hours, may not reflect the statistics at the time this story was published.
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