Governor says, 'Every Ohioan needs to be alarmed by what we are seeing,' as COVID-19 spike continues

Posted at 3:18 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 19:01:09-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On a day when Gov. Mike DeWine said every Ohioan should be "alarmed" by the ongoing spread of coronavirus throughout all corners of the state, the Ohio Department of Health reported 2,509 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 202,740.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,973. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 191,069 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.

"Sadly, the red tide of the virus continues to spread throughout Ohio into every, every corner of this state. There's no escaping it," Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday press conference, noting that 82 of the state's 88 counties are now experiencing high spread.

There have now been 5,239 coronavirus-related deaths across the state, an increase of 22 over the previous day, higher than the 21-day average of 14.

There were 130 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 49 new cases, bringing their total to 6,226.

The ODH reported 198 new hospitalizations today, with 20 ICU admissions, both of which were higher than the 21-day average.

The governor pointed out that three weeks ago new cases were below 1,000 a day, and the spike that has followed has led to the most rapid increase in hospitalizations yet.

"Based on the trajectory of other early indicators we've likely not yet reached the top, and there is no indication that we've plateaued out at all," he said. "COVID positive ICU utilization has doubled from the beginning of October, and that is very concerning as well. We're not to the point where any more hospitals are overflowing, but the trend lines are not good because you can see this virus is spreading and it is everywhere in Ohio."

As of today, 161,704 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 34,536 tests done on October 25, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 6.2% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 5.7%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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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