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Ohio breaks record with 1,525 new COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours Staff




File Photo: Microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside an extraction lab (Photo courtesy Gov Tom Wolf / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Ohio has broken its own record for the most positive COVID-19 cases reported in a single 24 hour period Friday, as the Ohio Department of Health reported 1,525 new cases.

There are 62,856 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Friday.

Health officials reported 131 new hospitalizations for a total of 8,701 hospitalized.

26 new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday, with a total of 3,032 throughout Ohio.

Friday’s number of new confirmed cases is by far the most new cases of any day since the pandemic started, even when the state was conducting mass testing in prisons.

Ohio’s previous one-day record was on April 19, when there are 1,380 new cases. At that time, however, the state was heavily testing for COVID-19 in prisons.

Gov. Mike DeWine says increased testing is not the sole explanation for higher numbers of new cases.

Test positivity rate in the state of Ohio is inching toward 7%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

The state health department said as of Friday, 955,697 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Ohio. On Thursday there were 931,834 tests.

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