6,385 New Cases Reported in Ohio Likely Lower than True Figure

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reports 6,385 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 318,828 cases in the state. However, the state notes that “thousands of reports are pending review” and are likely lower than the true total.

The update was made Wednesday evening, hours after the 2 p.m. time the Department of Health usually makes its daily updates at the state’s coronavirus data website. The delay was due to a combination of system errors and “unprecedented case volume” requiring review by epidemiologists, a spokeswoman told WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland.

The state also reported 23,217 total hospitalizations – up 371 from Tuesday – with 4,280 of those being admissions to intensive care. The Ohio Department of Health also reports 5,827 deaths, or 55 over the past 24 hours.

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health reports 281,852 cases of COVID-19, up 6,339 from Tuesday. The commonwealth also reported 2,904 current hospitalizations and 9,465 total deaths.

In Mahoning County, the ODH reports 5,941 cases – up 126 since Tuesday –with 649 hospitalizations and 297 deaths. There are 1,154 cases over the past two weeks in the county. According to the Department of Health’s ZIP code case map, the 44512 ZIP code has the most number of cases over the past two weeks with 167 positive cases, followed by 44515 with 156 and 44514 with 155.

The ODH reports 4,235 cases in Trumbull County, up 151 since Tuesday, with 477 hospitalizations and 140 deaths. There are 993 cases in the past two weeks. The 44410 ZIP code has the most cases in the past two weeks with 147, followed by 44484 with 130 and 44483 with 128.

In Columbiana County, the ODH reports 2,948 positive cases, up 57, along with 268 hospitalizations and 93 deaths. There are 453 cases in the last two weeks in the county. The 44460 ZIP code has the most cases in the county over the past two weeks with 124, followed by 43920 with 97.

Mahoning and Trumbull counties are rated Red in the state’s color-coded Public Health Advisory System, indicating very high exposure and spread. Columbiana County has an Orange rating, indicating increased exposure and spread.

Only Noble County remains at the Yellow level.

Of the total cases reported by Ohio Department of Health, 302,156 are confirmed. ODH reported 16,312 probable cases based on the CDC’s expanded case definition. The state also reports 5,827 total deaths, which breaks down to 5,462 confirmed deaths and another 365 probable deaths under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition.

The ODH also reports 23,217 hospitalizations, of which 4,280 are intensive care admissions. The state reports a presumed 212,713 Ohioans have recovered after testing positive. Presumed recovered is defined as cases with a symptom onset date of greater than 21 days prior who are not deceased, according to the ODH website.

As of Wednesday, Ohio had conducted 5,246,480 tests. CLICK HERE for a map of testing locations in the state.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 281,852 total cases, with 2,904 people hospitalized and 310 on a ventilator. The commonwealth reported 9,465 COVID-related deaths. Of the total cases, 263,978 are confirmed.

Of all tests conducted in Pennsylvania, 2,608,986 were reported negative. With positive cases, 66% have recovered. If a case has not been reported as a death and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test or onset of symptoms, then the person is considered recovered, according to the health department’s website.

The health department reported Mercer County has 2,084 cases, or 111 new cases since Tuesday, and 31 deaths – one since Tuesday – with 16,704 negative tests, while Lawrence County has 1,686 total cases, up 41, and 58 deaths – two since Tuesday – as well as 10,982 negative tests.

The figures are updated daily by the Ohio Department of Health at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon.

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