Ohio reports 987 new COVID-19 cases, fourth-highest daily total to date

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Jun 26, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 987 new cases of novel coronavirus, which is 469 cases higher than the 21-day average of 518. It is the fourth-highest number of daily cases to date, surpassed only by three days in April when Ohio's prisons were tested extensively.

The state now has a total of 48,638 reported cases of COVID-19.

Additionally, 16 new deaths were reported which brings the total number to 2,788. Friday's deaths are lower than the 21-day average of 21.

Sixty-eight new hospitalizations were reported, which is higher than the 21-day average of 56 cases. ICU admissions dropped with 7 admissions reported. The 21-day average sits at 13 admissions.

New cases in Cuyahoga County saw another spike with 176 cases reported Friday - the highest number of new cases reported in one day since the beginning of the outbreak.

Ohio's other two largest counties also saw triple-digit increases: 201 new cases were reported in Franklin County and 154 cases were reported in Hamilton County.

The age range of Ohioans who have or have had coronavirus is between the ages of less than one to 109 years old. The median age of patients sits at 47 years old. Fourteen percent of the state’s total cases are health care workers, according to ODH.

As of Friday, 718,086 Ohioans have been tested for the virus out of the state's population of more than 11.7 million.

It should be noted that while day to day case numbers may fluctuate up and down, state health officials said that cases will continue a gradual rise as more testing becomes available.

The most recent Percent Positivity numbers recorded by ODH two days ago show that the percent of positive tests sits at 5% with a very slight uptick compared to the number diagnostic tests performed, which has continued to increase on a near-daily basis.

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This graph shows the number of tests performed on a daily basis compared to the percent of positive cases.

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