Ohio sees fourth-highest single day spike in coronavirus cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the state’s response to coronavirus at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The Ohio Department of Health said there were 47,651 confirmed and probable total cases of COVID-19 with 2,772 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 892 cases, 17 deaths, 55 hospitalizations and 11 intensive care admissions were reported to the state health department.

DeWine said it’s the fourth-highest daily increase in coronavirus cases. The previous dates involved more testing in prisons, which are hot spots for the virus. While there is more testing available across the state, the governor said they do not believe that is the sole reason for the increase in cases.

Of the 892 new cases of the virus, almost 60 percent of the people are between the ages of 20 and 48, according to DeWine.

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:

  • Franklin: 8,310
  • Cuyahoga: 6,111
  • Hamilton: 4,337
  • Marion: 2,717
  • Lucas: 2,534

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:

  • Franklin: 378
  • Cuyahoga: 346
  • Lucas: 299
  • Mahoning: 227
  • Summit: 202

DeWine did not have a coronavirus news conference on Wednesday. The governor, his wife Fran and Husted traveled to tour the Lordstown Motors Corp. and see the new Endurance All-Electric Pickup Truck.

DeWine used the opportunity to urge Ohioans to be vigilant in dealing with the ongoing pandemic, emphasizing the virus’ link to the economy. He said if there is a spike in cases, it won’t matter what orders he or the Ohio Department of Health issue, people will pull back and the economy will suffer.

“If you want the economy to continue to move, if you want to continue to get people back to work the number one most important thing you can do is to keep this virus from spreading. We have control of this, 11.7 million Ohioans control how fast this virus will spread,” DeWine said.

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