CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Thursday, the Department of Health said 4,226 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 127,112 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine spoke on Thursday afternoon where he updated the state’s color-coded COVID-19 threat level advisory map.
According to the governor, Wayne County is the only region in Northeast Ohio classified as a “Red Alert Level 3,” signaling the potential for high transmission of the coronavirus.
Cases in Wayne County have increased partly because of spread in workplaces, churches, and long-term care facilities, Gov. DeWine said.
Data from the Ohio Department of Health shows that up to 40% of coronavirus infections in people who are 29 years or younger are in college-aged individuals.
Counties with the highest occurrence of COVID-19 cases per capita continue to be in rural communities.
Lorain County was previously considered a “red” region, but the threat level has decreased since last week because residents are following health and safety precautions.
An additional 6,641 cases and 287 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 13,663 hospitalizations reported on Thursday, at least 3,003 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.