Ohio reports 7,787 more COVID-19 cases with thousands more pending


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic Thursday afternoon and shared the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state.

In the last 24 hours, 7,787 COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths, 343 hospitalizations and 38 intensive care unit admissions were reported to the Ohio Department of Health. The data, like Wednesday’s, is incomplete with thousands of reports pending review.

“We made a decision to double-check all antigen test results, so the 24-hour case change is low. Our data team tells us there are 12,000 antigen tests that have not yet been double-checked. Most of the 12,000 are expected to be confirmed,” DeWine said.

The Ohio Department of Health said there have been 326,615 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, and 5,890 deaths. It is presumed that 216-619 people have recovered.

On Thursday, DeWine’s statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew goes into effect. It is not intended to prevent people from going to work, seeking medical care or getting food. Retail must close at 10 p.m., and restaurants can stay open past 10 p.m. for delivery and pickup only.

“The curfew is aimed at helping to reduce the number of person-to-person contacts because the only way virus lives is when it goes from one person to another. We have to flatten this curve again and get this under control.”

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