Case volume, system errors lead to delay in ODH’s release of daily coronavirus numbers

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story reported incorrect number for Tuesday’s cases. You can find the correct numbers below:

COLUMBUS (WJW) — The Ohio Department of Health has yet to release the state’s full coronavirus numbers for the day.

As of right now, there are 6,385 positive cases,” ODH’s Megan Smith told FOX 8. “However, we have many thousands of reports still pending confirmation by our epidemiologists and local health department officials. Epidemiologists and local health department officials work together to verify pending reports. Our unprecedented case volume, combined with unexpected system errors today, and reduced staffing at already over-burdened local health departments due to illness, including COVID-19, led to the delay today.”

Throughout the state, some county and city health departments have had trouble keeping up with reporting as cases have skyrocketed.

As of Tuesday, there have been 312,443 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 7,079 cases reported Tuesday, along with a total of 5,772 deaths (including 30 additional fatalities reported Tuesday).

Today, Gov. Mike DeWine came to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland (as seen in the video above) to speak about the upcoming state-wide curfew, which goes into effect tomorrow and runs 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 21 days.

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