'The data continues to be grim': Ohio reports 7,797 COVID-19 cases, with 12,000 tests outstanding

Actual numbers stalled by antigen test verifications
Posted at 3:14 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 21:19:23-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 7,797 new COVID-19 cases, as Franklin County became the first county to turn "purple" from severe spread and Lake and Lorain counties found themselves on the purple watch-list.

"The data continues to be grim," said Gov. Mike DeWine.

According to DeWine, more than 12,000 tests are still outstanding, so the case numbers are likely higher. He said the 12,000 are antigen tests that the state is double-checking with a phone call, a standard procedure that this surge of cases has slowed. The state gets results from about 10,000 antigen tests per day, the governor said, a significant increase versus a month ago. Yesterday's numbers were also incomplete.

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 5,604. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 310,103 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 95% of total cases.

There have now been 5,890 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 63 new deaths were reported today, more than double the 21-day average of 29.

The ODH reported 343 new hospitalizations today, which is high, with 38 ICU admissions, both of which were higher than the 21-day average.

Cleveland reported 256 cases, bringing their total to 8,929.

As of today, 216,619 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 61,546 tests done on Nov. 17, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 14.2% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 13.1%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

The median age of patients is 42 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.

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