No peak in sight — Ohio reports record 2,366 daily COVID-19 cases, 66 new deaths

Deaths 4 times higher than 21-day rolling average
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Posted at 2:45 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 20:02:04-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,366 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 188,005. It's the single largest increase in cases in a 24-hour span reported since the pandemic began.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,620. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 177,098 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.

There were 240 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. It's the fourth-highest number of cases reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Cleveland reported 26 new cases, bringing their total to 5,949.

The record number of cases statewide comes a day after a record-breaking number of daily hospitalizations and after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke to Dr. Andy Thomas with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus during the governor's semiweekly coronavirus briefing.

Thomas and other medical experts said that while hospitals around the state are not at or over capacity in terms of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, the sustained rise in cases, the spike in hospitalizations and the potential for a collision with the winter flu season raise serious concerns, and may force hospitals to make some difficult decisions.

There have now been 5,149 coronavirus-related deaths across the state, an increase of 66 over the previous day, more than four times higher than the 21-day average of 16.

The ODH reported 135 new hospitalizations today, higher than the 21-day average of 95, and 35 ICU admissions, more than double the 7-day rolling average.

As of today, 153,769 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 30,235 tests done on Monday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 5.2% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 4.9%. 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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