Ohio tops 4,000 cases in a single 24-hour period for the first time

Deaths double the 21-day average
Posted at 3:27 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 20:12:18-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported another daily record high with 4,229 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 226,138. It's the first time Ohio has topped 4,000 in its daily reporting.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 2,596. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 213,350 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.

While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine did not hold his usual Tuesday COVID-19 briefing due to the election, he did tweet about the record number of cases, once again urging Ohioans to slow the spread by social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings.

There were 375 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today, the highest number of new daily cases since July 3 when 379 cases were reported. Cleveland reported 86 new cases, bringing their total to 6,603.

Dr. Purva Grover, the head of Cleveland Clinic’s pediatric emergency departments, said the spike is likely due to people letting their guards down and becoming lax with COVID-19 safety guidelines due to what she calls “pandemic fatigue.”

“Now more than ever, as we head into a flu respiratory virus season, it is extremely important to remember the few things we can do to prevent getting this virus which is masking, social distancing, hand sanitization, and all of those things we've been talking about for months now,” Grover said.

The number of deaths, which are always a lagging indicator behind cases and hospitalizations, have risen in the last two days. There have now been 5,373 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 33 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 17.

The ODH reported 213 new hospitalizations today, with 25 ICU admissions, both higher than the 21-day averages of 145 and 23, respectively.

As of today, 174,130 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 30,629 tests done on Nov. 1, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 8.4% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 7%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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The median age of patients is 41 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.

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