CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Saturday, the Department of Health said at least 102 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with 3,739 cases confirmed statewide.
The death toll is 11 more than Friday while the statewide confirmed number of cases case rose by 427.
Here are other statewide COVID-19 reports the Ohio Department of Health shared at 2 p.m. on Saturday:
- Number of ICU admissions: 326
- Number of hospitalizations in Ohio: 1,006
- Age Range: <1-101
- Median Age: 53
- Sex: 48% Males*, 51% Females (with <1% sex not reported)
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton previously said the state’s latest numbers likely don’t reflect all of the cases in the state because testing is primarily used to screen individuals who are hospitalized or work in the health care field.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Acton held a regular briefing on Saturday afternoon regarding the latest cases and progress being made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The latest modeling from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio State University projects a surge of nearly 10,000 new cases per day, peaking on April 25.
Out of the 895 hospitalizations reported through Thursday, 288 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.
Cuyahoga County remains the region with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 780.
Gov. DeWine announced on Thursday that the stay-at-home order for all Ohioans has been extended into May, with several additional guidelines.
On Saturday, Gov. DeWine said he encourages those who go out in public to wear masks, but he will not make it a requirement for Ohioans.
He also encourages employers to allow employees to wear masks to work.
Dr. Amy Acton said wearing a homemade mask will be a cultural change, and will help flatten the curve but only in addition to the stay-at-home order and social distancing practices.
According to Dr. Acton, the masks will help make a difference in helping asymptomatic people spreading droplets to other people.
While it is not a perfect method to prevent spreading the virus, Dr. Acton said it is about 80% effective if used properly, including washing the mask, your hands, and your face prior to use so you do not contaminate the mask.
Dr. Acton called Ohioans heroic for their efforts in flattening the curve, and said, “In some other countries, wearing a mask is considered cool and hip! I need you to wear both the cape and the mask now. I need you to understand that we are fighting for lives right now. Please don your cape, and when you’re out and about, don your mask.”
When asked if the stay-at-home order will go into the summer, Gov. DeWine answered, “We don’t know. We will see where we go. You’ve heard Dr. Acton explain what the modelers are telling her, so we really don’t know.”
This story will be updated.