Ohio tops 5,000 COVID-19 deaths, reports 1,430 new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 23:14:19-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio topped 5,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

ODH reported 1,430 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 170,179.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,191. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 160,321 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.

There were 97 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 27 new cases, bringing their total to 5,731.

There have now been 5,005 coronavirus-related deaths across the state, with six new deaths reported Monday, lower than the 21-day average of 18.

Donna Skoda, Commissioner with Summit County Public Health told News 5 Ohio's death toll and a spike in cases are due an increase in family gatherings and the state getting a slow start with preventative measures back in March.

“When you think about the 5,000 number it does hit you, you think wow, people are not surviving,” Skoda said.

”We haven’t seen as many cases as we thought from the schools being in session. But we have seen a lot of cases related to the groups of people coming together around school co-curricular activities.”

“If you invite your family over and you haven’t seen them in a long time, you start to let your guard down.”

“In Ohio, at first we didn’t have test kits, then we didn’t have testing. Then we thought we had some testing, then the labs got backed up."

Dr. Amy Edwards with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital told News 5 mixed messages from both the state and federal government about the severity of the disease also played a roll.

“In a lot of ways it seems like we failed," Edwards said.

"We either didn’t get the message out clearly enough or fast enough, or we didn’t work hard enough. Or people didn’t take us seriously enough.”

“There should never have been this many people dead in Ohio, there never should have been this many people sick in Ohio.” (5 sec)

“It’s all about messaging, to me that’s the consistent thing. If you look at the countries that are doing well, it’s the countries that follow the science. If you look at the countries that are not doing well it’s the countries that didn’t follow the science, it’s very easy.”

The ODH reported 43 new hospitalizations today, with six ICU admissions.

As of today, 143,826 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 32,684 tests done on Oct. 10, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 4% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 3.7%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

CV testing Oct. 10

The median age of patients is 40 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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