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Ohio Reports 2,039 New COVID-19 Cases In Past 24-Hours

Ohio continues to mark more grim records with the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic - 2,039 in the past 24-hours.

The number of new cases today is a dramatic increase over the previous 3-week average.  151 people have been hospitalized, 17 placed in intensive care units.   16 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the past 24-hours, although the official cause of death can lag by days or weeks.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Tuesday said he hoped Ohio was in the "half-time" of the battle against coronavirus, but warned that the coming months could be difficult, as cold weather drives more people into closer contact:

The increase in cases that began two weeks ago comes as many schools have reopened for in-person classes.  Some schools are reconsidering plans to reopen.  Columbus City Schools announced Monday they were delaying a return to school buildings for at least two weeks, amid vocal protest over a lack of clear safety directives for students, teachers and staff.

There have been 173,665 cases of COVID-19, and 5,033 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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