Highest 24-hour spike with regular testing: 2,234 coronavirus cases reported in Ohio over the last 24 hours

Infectious disease expert says increase due in part to cold weather and people not getting outside.

Highest 24-hour spike with regular testing: 2,234 coronavirus cases reported in Ohio over the last 24 hours
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Saturday, the Department of Health said 5,067 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 180,225 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine did not hold a briefing on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s increase is the largest 24-hour increase in reported daily cases since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 13 additional deaths since Friday.

An additional 10,414 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 17,009 hospitalizations reported on Saturday, at least 3,539 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.

Doctor Claudia Hoyen, the Director of Infection Control for Rainbow Baby and Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals in Cleveland says the numbers are going up in part because of the chilly weather that’s keeping people inside. “We were just talking about this that we thought it would be coming. Just because we were all so fortunate and the weather this summer was fantastic. And so when we wanted to see our friends, we wanted to go to a restaurant, when we wanted to do something -- we were able to do it outside. But when you think about the last few weeks of weather, most of us have been spending time indoors, so that’s where we’re all going to need to be careful over the next couple of months.”

These fall nights are likely getting too chilly for many of us to enjoy anything outside. Doctor Claudia Hoyen, the Director of Infection Control for Rainbow Children’s and University Hospitals in Cleveland says, being inside cuts down on the airflow that helps keep germs away.

“So I think people need to start thinking a little differently about mask. You know if you go out to dinner with people who aren’t in your family -- of course when you’re eating you won’t wear your mask. But perhaps while you’re waiting for your entree or waiting for desert to come those may be times to put our masks back on if it’s not someone from our household.”

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