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New cases in Ohio flatten after prison surge

46 more deaths reported, 11 in Lucas County
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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.

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.

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

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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