Ohio smashes coronavirus daily record as Butler County passes 10,000 cases


Ohio set yet another daily record for coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the daily county passed 4,000 for the first time.

The state reported 4,229 cases, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 226,138, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Previously, the record was 3,845 cases on Friday.

On the same day, Butler County passed 10,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 10,050 total cases, including 9,925 confirmed and 125 probable, in its latest update on Tuesday.

The largest pool of coronavirus cases in Butler County continues to be at Miami University, which reported three new cases on Sunday (the latest day available) for a total of 2,223. There are 61 cases estimated to be active at Miami with more than 2,100 recoveries.

Ohio almost matched its record for daily hospitalizations, with 213 new patients reported. The record of 216 was set on Oct. 20.

There were 1,960 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state on Tuesday, compared to 1,246 on Oct. 21, according to ODH. Southwest Ohio has also continued to watch hospitalizations increase, from 386 on Oct. 21 to 575 on Tuesday.

Coronavirus patients account for 8.23% of southwest Ohio’s hospital beds, with non-COVID-19 account for 63.07%. As of Tuesday, the region still had 28.7% of its hospital beds available.

Gov. Mike DeWine called for unity after the election ends and asked Ohioans to come together to fight the coronavirus pandemic as he voted Tuesday morning in Cedarville with his wife, Fran.

“Tomorrow morning, when we wake up, it’s going to be the time to put this behind us, come together as Ohioans, come together as Americans, because today, unlike most election days, we are at war,” he said. “We face a common enemy. And that enemy does not care if we voted for the President Donald Trump, or former vice president Joe Biden."

Throughout October and into November, Ohio has continued to see coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise, setting and breaking multiple records.

The state’s positivity rate has also continued to climb, with a seven-day average of 7% as of Sunday, the most recent day data were available. That day, the state’s daily positivity rate was at 8.4%

Deaths increased by 33 on Tuesday for a total of 5,373.