DeWine: ‘Our situation in Ohio continues to worsen;’ State reports new daily record of COVID-19 cases

DeWine: ‘Our situation in Ohio continues to worsen;’ State reports new daily record of COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know Thursday

The Ohio Department of Health reported yet another new record high for new cases of COVID-19 in the state, with an additional 2,425 cases announced Thursday.

“Sadly, our situation in Ohio continues to worsen,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said to start off his briefing Thursday afternoon.

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DeWine added that a concerning indicator is that it does not appear the state is close to reaching a peak or plateau in terms of new cases.

“Of the 10 highest days of new cases reported, eight have occurred in just the past nine days. Nine have occurred in the month of October alone,” DeWine said.

DeWine released the latest county advisory map with Clark County is now on the Level 4 watch list. Local health officials reported to the state the increase in cases in Clark County have been connected to social gatherings, DeWine said.

Of the state’s 88 counties, 38 are now in the Level 3, “red” alert level, which covers 74% of the state’s population.

Also during the news conference, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke on his experience with COVID-19.

“I thought I was safe, and I was wrong. I took my mask off, and I left it off for the time I was inside the White House gates. Soon after I began to feel the freight train of symptoms,” Christie said.

“My message is that there is no place to hide if you are not going to wear a mask, remain socially distant, and wash your hands frequently,” Christie said.

Other items to know today in the coronavirus pandemic:

Latest data reported by Ohio Department of Heath:

As of Thursday afternoon, there have been at least 190,430 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 5,161 deaths, and 17,682 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 155,181 people are presumed to have recovered from the virus in the state.

Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.

There have been 4,044,119 people tested for the coronavirus in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

A total of 19,420 health care workers have tested positive which is about 10 percent of the cases.