The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,425 new confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday, a new record for daily reported cases and above the state’s 21-day reported daily case rolling average of 1,672.
The batch of new cases brings the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 190,430.
Gov. Mike DeWine said during a press conference Thursday afternoon that there is now an “alarming number of counties that are [at red alert] — 38,” on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which is close to half the state.
Today, we have an alarming number of counties that are red—38, which is close to half the state. This is an increase from 29 red counties last week. We also have three counties that are now on the watch list: Clark, Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties. pic.twitter.com/FRVjd4trbF
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) October 22, 2020
“92.8% of Ohioans are living in a county that is red or high incidence. We cannot let our guard down,” the governor said.
12 additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 5,161.
Hospitalizations are up by 159 compared to Wednesday’s data, making for a total of 17,682 reported hospitalizations statewide.
Admissions to intensive care units are up by 25, with a total of 3,657 ICU admissions throughout Ohio.