Ohio Reports 7,787 New COVID-19 Cases, Nearing Record

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reports 7,787 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 326,615 cases in the state.

Following the late release of daily figures Wednesday – which the Ohio Department of Health attributed to an “unprecedented case volume” and system errors – the state’s coronavirus dashboard continues to note there are “thousands of reports pending review,” meaning it’s likely the totals released are lower than the true figures.

The daily record, established Nov. 15, is 7,853.

The state also reported 23,560 total hospitalizations – up 343 from Wednesday – with 4,318 of those being admissions to intensive care. The Ohio Department of Health also reports 5,890 deaths, or 63 over the past 24 hours.

The state’s ZIP code map was not updated at 2 p.m. with the rest of the daily figures.

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health reports 288,978 cases of COVID-19, up 7,126 from Wednesday. The commonwealth also reported 2,952 current hospitalizations and 9,581 total deaths.

In Mahoning County, the ODH reports 6,141 cases – up 200 since Wednesday – with 650 hospitalizations and one new death to bring the total to 297.

The ODH reports 4,466 cases in Trumbull County, up 231 since Wednesday, with 481 hospitalizations and 142 deaths, two deaths in the past 24 hours.

In Columbiana County, the ODH reports 3,052 positive cases, up 104, along with 280 hospitalizations and 95 deaths, two deaths in the past 24 hours.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are rated Red in the state’s color-coded Public Health Advisory System, indicating very high exposure and spread. Columbiana County’s rating is an upgrade from the Orange level; the change was made Thursday.

All 88 counties in the state are at least Orange level, indicating increased exposure and spread. Franklin County is the only Purple level county, the highest threat level, indicating severe exposure and spread and recommending that resident leave their homes only for supplies and services.

Of the total cases reported by Ohio Department of Health, 310,103 are confirmed. ODH reported 16,512 probable cases based on the CDC’s expanded case definition. The state also reports 5,890 total deaths, which breaks down to 5,552 confirmed deaths and another 368 probable deaths under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition.

The ODH also reports 23,560 hospitalizations, of which 4,318 are intensive care admissions. The state reports a presumed 216,619 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 5,549,223 tests. CLICK HERE for a map of testing locations in the state.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 288,978 total cases, with 2,952 people hospitalized and 318 on a ventilator. The commonwealth reported 9,581 COVID-related deaths. Of the total cases, 270,323 are confirmed.

Of all tests conducted in Pennsylvania, 2,629,527 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 2,142 cases, or 58 new cases since Wednesday, and 32 deaths – up one – with 16,856 negative tests, while Lawrence County has 1,725 total cases, up 39, and 59 deaths – one since Wednesday – as well as 11,072 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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