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Ohio reports 1,533 new coronavirus cases; total case count surpasses 91,000 Staff




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The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,533 new confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, continuing the state’s upward trend of daily reported cases.

The new batch brings the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 91,159. Friday’s number of new cases is above the 21-day reported daily case average of 1,348.

47 more people have died with COVID-19 in Ohio as of Friday, for a total of 3,489 reported deaths.

Hospitalizations are up 112 from Thursday’s data, making for a total of 10,790 hospital admissions throughout the state as of Friday afternoon.

Intensive care unit admissions increased by 18 over Thursday’s data, for a total of 2,552 ICU admissions in Ohio.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule Friday morning banning the sale of alcohol past 10 p.m. at Ohio bars and restaurants to stymie the spread of the coronavirus.

The rule was passed following a request from Gov. Mike DeWine to impose the restriction statewide in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Researchers, analysts, health departments and media reports have connected COVID-19 outbreaks to bars and restaurants.

Gov. DeWine said he intends to issue an order formalizing the rule Friday night. The rule will block the sale of alcohol at all liquor-permitted establishments beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Consumption of alcohol must end by 11 p.m. in these establishments, the rule states.

DeWine said while most bars are complying with the state’s orders and enforcing social distancing and other measures, some are not. Cases have been traced back to bars and restaurants in Toledo, Cleveland, and Columbus, he said.

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