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Ohio reports 1,121 new cases of coronavirus; DeWine urges people to get flu vaccine




The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,121 new confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday, above the state’s 21-day reported daily case rolling average of 1,052.

The batch of new cases brings the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 134,086.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday encouraged Ohioans to get vaccinated for the flu, citing uncertainty around what happens when people get the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously.

“While the flu can be deadly on its own, we also are concerned that Ohioans who get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could become severely, if not fatally, ill. Anyone who can get vaccinated against the flu should do so,” DeWine said.

30 additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 4,354.

Hospitalizations are up by 81 compared to Wednesday’s data, making for a total of 14,164 reported hospitalizations statewide.

Admissions to intensive care units are up by 16, with a total of 3,070 ICU admissions throughout Ohio.

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