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Ohio COVID-19 cases surpass 20,000

Monday's data will be benchmark as state re-opens
Posted at 3:11 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 20:08:47-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 cases after the Ohio Department of Health reported 560 new cases Monday.

The 20,474 total cases includes both probable and confirmed cases since early March.

Here are daily new case totals for every day since March 9, when Ohio's first case was reported.

While stressing analysis of long term trends, Governor Mike DeWine said Monday's data snapshot would be a benchmark of sorts as the state begins to reopen its economy.

"As we start to open we are going keep an eye on those numbers," said Governor DeWine. "We want to compare where we are to this date."

Here is a county by county breakdown of cumulative COVID-19 case totals.

Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton said the state is ratcheting up COVID-19 testing.

"Ohio was slower to get tested to begin with," said Dr. Acton, but she said now Ohio is testing 6,000 people per day, up from "3,000 or 4,000" tests per day.

Dr. Acton said right now Ohio is testing 41 per every 100,000 people. The goal is to triple that and test 150 per every 100,000 people.

As testing ramps up, there will be a focus on testing people in congregate living situations like nursing homes, prisons, jails, homeless shelters and mental health facilities.

The more tests that are administered, the more cases will likely be confirmed in Ohio.

Governor DeWine said other indicators like hospitalizations will be increasingly important to monitor.

The City of Cleveland reported 30 new cases and four deaths from the virus.

NOTE: These interactive visualizations are updated daily with new data. If you are seeing this story more than 24 hours later, the graphics may not necessarily reflect the data from when this story was published.

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