'Our situation in Ohio continues to worsen' — 2,425 new COVID-19 cases reported, another record high

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 19:01:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine said the situation in the state continues to worsen after the state reported a record-high number of coronavirus cases.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,425 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 190,430.

Wednesday was another record-high day for daily COVID-19 cases, with 2,366 reported. Eight of the 10 times that the state has reported record high numbers of daily COVID-19 cases have occurred in the last nine days, DeWine said, showing that the virus is spreading more rapidly throughout the state.

"Nine have occurred in the month of October, like candidly, what is most scary about this is that it does not seem like we're even starting to get to a plateau. It just goes up and up," DeWine said.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,672. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 179,424 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 94% of total cases.

There were 120 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cuyahoga County was placed on the watch list to become a purple county.

Cleveland reported 45 new cases, bringing their total to 5,994.

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There have now been 5,161 coronavirus-related deaths across the state, an increase of 12 over the previous day, lower than the 21-day average of 16.

The ODH reported 159 new hospitalizations today, with 29 ICU admissions, both of which were above the 21-day average.

The number of hospitalizations reported in the state was the third-highest since the start of the pandemic, DeWine said.

"October 9 we had a total 853 COVID-19 patients in our hospitals and in Ohio today that number has grown to 1,293," DeWine said. "We certainly must prevent overwhelming or hospital system to ensure that Ohio and can achieve inpatient treatment for COVID-19 but also we have to have room for other people who there are serious accidents car crashes, strokes and heart attacks."

There were 42,507 tests done on Oct. 20, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 6% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 5%. One month ago, on Sept. 22, the positivity rate was 2.9%, less than half what it is today.

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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.

As of today, 155,181 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

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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