CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine is not addressing Ohioans on Wednesday, but the state’s Department of Health still provided updated case numbers.
As of Wednesday, the Department of Health said 1,781 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 29,436 cases reported statewide.
The update on Wednesday follows Gov. DeWine’s decision to revise that state’s “Stay Safe Ohio” order, essentially turning previous public health safety orders into “strong recommendations.”
As of May 20, Franklin County is the region with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 4,793 total.
The state’s numbers, according to Dr. Acton, which now include probable cases per CDC guidelines, likely don’t reflect all of the cases because testing is only being used to screen individuals who are hospitalized or work in the health care field.
She also described that seeing a significant increase in daily cases shouldn’t be alarming because the testing capacity is expanding.
An additional 1,919 cases and 178 deaths are presumed to be linked to COVID-19 under the CDC expanded definitions and included in the Ohio Department of Health’s reporting.
Out of the 5,198 hospitalizations reported on Tuesday, at least 1,369 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.