CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Thursday, the Department of Health said 5,890 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 326,615 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.
The 24-hour increase of 7,787 reported cases is a cumulative of all positive test results as a lagging indicator the Ohio Department of Health received on Thursday; not a total number of new infections reported in a single day.
Approximately 12,000 COVID-19 antigen tests are pending review, according to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
“We made a decision to double-check all antigen test results, so the 24-hour case change is low. Our data team tells us there are 12,000 antigen tests that have not yet been double-checked,” the governor said.
The actual total case number is expected to be much higher because a review of pending test results usually confirms a coronavirus infection, the governor added while speaking on Thursday, just hours before the statewide curfew he issued takes effect at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. for the next three weeks.
An updated COVID-19 threat level map was also released by Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health during Thursday’s briefing.
For the first time, an Ohio county has been elevated to “Purple Alert Level 4″ on the COVID-19 threat level map indicating severe exposure and spread of COVID-19.
Residents in Franklin County are urged, but not required, to only leave their homes for supplies and services.
In Northeast Ohio, Lake and Lorain counties have been elevated to the “watch list” for nearing the criteria of reaching Level 4, which Gov. DeWine suggested could happen by next week.
Additionally, 63 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
An additional 16,512 total cases and 368 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 23,560 hospitalizations reported on Thursday, at least 4,318 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.