Gov. DeWine addresses surge in new cases in Cuyahoga County; an additional 1,837 infections reported across Ohio in last 24 hours

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 2:44 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Monday, the Department of Health said 5,075 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 183,624 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine spoke at Burke Lakefront Airport on Monday afternoon as COVID-19 cases continued to surge in Cuyahoga County and across other parts of the state.

“I wanted to come today to talk directly to the people of the Cleveland area, in Northeast Ohio,” Gov. DeWine said in his opening remarks.

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The governor praised Cuyahoga County on Monday for initial efforts in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The region has since been re-elevated to “Red Alert Level 3″ in the state’s color-coded threat level system, signaling a high occurrence of coronavirus infections.

‘A huge surge upward is going to do nothing good for the economy," Gov. DeWine said while emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. “It’s going to slow us down. It’s going to keep kids out of school.”

The rise in cases is not occurring within schools or in public settings, Gov. DeWine noted, the new infections appear to be stemming from social gatherings where a lack of physical distancing is evident.

An additional 10,627 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 17,172 hospitalizations reported on Monday, at least 3,561 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.

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