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Ohio breaks record of new COVID-19 cases for second day in a row 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)

The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,178 new confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday, breaking the state’s record of daily positive cases for the second day in a row.

The batch of new cases is above the state’s 21-day reported daily case rolling average of 1,338 and brings Ohio’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 175,843.

“These are not times to be complacent or comfortable. It is the time to be vigilant to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors,” Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted Thursday.

Five additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 5,038.

Hospitalizations are up by 108 compared to Wednesday’s data, making for a total of 16,824 reported hospitalizations statewide.

Admissions to intensive care units are up by 43, with a total of 3,507 ICU admissions throughout Ohio.

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