CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Thursday, the Department of Health said 5,038 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 175,843 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.
For the second day in a row, Ohio recorded the highest 24-hour increase in COVID-19 cases with a total of 2,178 new infections reported since Wednesday.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a briefing on Thursday afternoon to discuss the discouraging trends.
“This is in stark contrast to barely a month ago,” Gov. DeWine said on Thursday.
Less than a month ago, the Ohio Department of Health reported 762 new cases in a 24-hour period on Sept. 20.
The governor also released the latest coronavirus threat level map for the state of Ohio, with 13 new counties being added to the “Red Alert Level 3” classification.
An additional 10,216 cases and 308 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 16,824 hospitalizations reported on Thursday, at least 3,507 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.