COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio's surge of new coronavirus cases continued on Saturday, the state health department announced.
In the past 24 hours, there have been 817 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ohio. Over the past three weeks, Ohio had been adding about 540 new cases per day. That number has surged upward over the past 10 days.
On Friday, the state broke its record for most COVID-19 cases confirmed in one day. Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials said the increase in cases is not solely the result of increased testing statewide.
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Here's how many COVID-19 cases the state has confirmed per day this week:
- Sunday — 546
- Monday — 729
- Tuesday — 590
- Wednesday — 632
- Thursday — 892
- Friday —987
- Saturday — 817
Health officials have previously said surges in new cases lead to more hospitalizations and deaths in subsequent weeks. Ohio will now have to see if the surge in COVID-19 cases leads to the deaths of more Ohioans.
On Saturday, 16 Ohioans died from COVID-19. Fifty-four people were admitted to Ohio hospitals because of the virus, the state health department said.
On Thursday, Dr. Richard Lofgren, from the University of Cincinnati, said southwest Ohio is seeing an increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19. He said the rate of spread for the virus has also increased. Lofgren said young people are largely driving the increase in new cases.