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New cases in Ohio flatten after prison surge

46 more deaths reported, 11 in Lucas County
Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 15:59:06-04

Ohio's new COVID-19 case curve is flattening again after a week-long surge that came from large-scale testing in state prisons.

On Thursday, state health officials reported 577 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 14,694 since the coronavirus was detected in Ohio in early March.

As you can see in the graph below, there was a large uptick in cases earlier this week, but that has now subsided.

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In the past week Marion County jumped to 2,161 cases and Pickaway County jumped to 1,661 cases after nearly 80% of the inmates at prisons in those counties tested positive for COVID-19. But Thursday, just a handful of cases were reported in each county.

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Marion County still has more cases than any other in the state.

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On Thursday, 46 new deaths were reported across Ohio, bringing the state's total to 656 cases.

Eleven of the new deaths were reported in Lucas County.

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