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Health director says to watch trends, not daily totals, as Ohio reports 511 new COVID-19 cases, a new high

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 15:39:39-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 511 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the most reported in one day so far, just a day after state officials mentioned cases in Ohio have "peaked."

Despite today's surge in new case reporting, Gov. Mike DeWine said, "We have flattened the curve, but the monster is still out there."

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said looking at trends is more important than what is reported on a single day.

Here is a look at daily trend data of new cases in Ohio which shows fewer new cases this week, than last.

It is also important to notice where the new cases are coming from. Counties with state prisons saw huge spikes in cases today. Marion County reported 54 new cases, Pickaway County reported 75.

Here is a county by county map that shows the total number of confirmed cases.

There were fewer reported deaths on Wednesday, but Cuyahoga reported six more for a total of 39. Wayne County reported five new deaths. Here is a county by county breakdown of death data.

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The state did not include recoveries in its daily data update.

Lack of testing in Ohio is still an issue. Medical professionals test the sickest individuals and those working on the front lines. This means the total number of cases is unknown but certainly higher.

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