Coronavirus: 8,071 daily cases reported in Ohio, nearly 1,000 more than previous record

Dayton area restaurants on Thursday, May 21, 2020, can open their inside dining to the public following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. JIM NOELKER/STAFF PHOTO

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Dayton area restaurants on Thursday, May 21, 2020, can open their inside dining to the public following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. JIM NOELKER/STAFF PHOTO

Ohio broke its record for daily cases for the second day in a row, reporting 8,071.

The record set on Thursday was 7,101 cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The state broke its daily case record three times in the last four days. Since Monday Ohio has recorded 32,260 cases.

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“We are facing a monumental crisis in Ohio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday. “...It is up to everyone to slow this virus down. Protect your family and friends. Wear a mask.”

On Thursday the governor countered claims that cases were increasing due to the state expanding testing.

“Our testing has increased but our cases have spiked dramatically—almost four times the amount of our testing increase,” he said.

From Oct. 10 through Nov. 10 cases increased by 266% while testing increased by 38%, according to the ODH.

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Ohio also reported it’s second-highest number of hospitalizations Friday, 298. The highest is 386, reported on Tuesday. Throughout the pandemic, there have been 21,856 coronavirus hospitalizations recorded.

There are 2,981 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state, slightly down from the 3,031 reported Thursday.

In southwest Ohio, hospitalizations continue to trend upward with 843 coronavirus patients account for 12.04% of the region’s hospital capacity. There are 1,798 hospital beds, or 25.68%, available in the region.

Deaths increased by 42 Friday for a total of 5,700. The state reported 21 ICU admissions, bringing the total to 4,164.

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On Thursday, DeWine announced a new COVID-19 dashboard that shows how many cases have been reported in different ZIP codes. People can search data by all ZIP codes, county or individual ZIP codes.

Areas with less than five cases or with less than 100 residents will not be included to protect those individuals’ privacy. The dashboard will be updated every day at 2 p.m.

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