Ohio continues gradual, steady increase in cases as it prepares for next step in reopening

Posted at 3:07 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 20:50:39-04

As more testing becomes available across the state of Ohio, positive COVID-19 cases continue to gradually rise, surpassing 19,000 cases statewide.

On Saturday the Ohio Department of Health reported 19,335 total COVID-19 cases. While the numbers are increasing, the reported cases are significantly less than the last two days, with 592 new daily cases Saturday compared to 716 on Friday and 724 on Thursday.

After surpassing 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, Ohio also saw a decrease in reported fatalities on Saturday, according to numbers from the Ohio Department of Health.

While Friday saw an increase of 29 deaths, on Saturday only 19 additional deaths were reported.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton previously said that just because a death is reported on a certain day doesn’t mean it happened on that specific day.

"Our death numbers will increase over months," she said. "The people who actually died today, we’ll be learning about them in weeks and even months to come, and that’s why death data can be a little tricky to interpret.”

The counties with the most cases, Cuyahoga (2,305) and Franklin (2,698) are unsurprisingly the two counties with the largest populations in the state.

Marion and Pickaway counties also have high numbers of COVID-19 cases, many of which have come from the prisons that have experienced outbreaks and are housed inside the counties.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Saturday of 31 more confirmed COVID-19 test results in the city, bringing the total to 761. There have been 34 COVID-19 related deaths in the city to date.

One of the new cases in Cleveland as of Saturday was a child under the age of one.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 3,712 hospital admissions due to COVID-19 and 1,066 ICU admissions as of Saturday.

As part of Gov. Mike DeWine's plan to reopen the state, elective health care resumed on Friday, as did curbside, delivery and appointment-only retail and consumer businesses.

On Monday, general offices and manufacturing, distribution and construction companies will be allowed to reopen and on May 12, all retail, service and consumer businesses will be allowed to reopen.

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