Ohio COVID-19 numbers: 8,921 new cases, 82 more deaths


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic Thursday afternoon. He will have another one Friday at 2 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Health said 8,921 COVID-19 cases, 82 deaths, 396 hospitalizations and 33 intensive care unit admissions were reported in the last 24 hours. The data is incomplete with thousands of reports pending review.

There have been 446,849 total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases, and 6,753 deaths in the state, according to the health department. It is presumed that 298,332 people have recovered.

Dr. Andy Thomas, chief clinical officer at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said this isn’t the surge from Thanksgiving.

“Usually, people are admitted a week after they’re diagnosed. This is not the beginning of the end. This is not even the end of the beginning,” Thomas said.

Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark and Summit joined Lake and Lorain counties in the highest level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which is the state’s color-coded map that determines coronavirus risk.

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