Ohio surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 cases as state sees largest single-day jump

Marion County accounts for half of all new cases
Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 18:38:24-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio saw its largest increase in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as the state passed 10,000 total cases.

The number of new cases reported by the Ohio Department of Health rose from 9,107 on Friday to 10,222 on Saturday. Friday had seen the largest single-day case jump of 693 cases, which the state surpassed today with 1,115 new cases.

Marion County, which houses a prison, accounted for 555 of the 1,115 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state was doing more testing in prisons.

Deaths increased from 418 to 451.

Cuyahoga County’s increase over the last week has been gradual. On Monday, Cuyahoga had 1,327 cases. By Saturday that number had risen to 1,453, a difference of 127 additional cases. By way of comparison, Marion County had 91 cases on Monday, but by Saturday that county had 983 cases—an increase of 892.

Marion County, with a population of 65,000, currently has the third-most cases in the state.

The city of Marion released a breakdown of its case numbers and reported that 80 of its 983 cases stem from community spread—the other 903 are prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution. Of the 80 community spread cases, 65 are confirmed cases and 15 are probable.

There has been one death and 11 recoveries among the 80 community spread cases in Marion County, according to city officials.

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The total number of cases in Cleveland now sits at 414 as of Saturday. There have been 13 fatalities associated with COVID-19 in Cleveland, according to city officials.

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