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New COVID Cases Lower, Deaths and Hospital Admissions Still High


Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Hospitalization and intensive care unit patients dropped slightly, but COVID patients on ventilators hit another record. There were more than 7400 confirmed cases – a month ago, there were just over 2700.

In his briefing Monday, Governor Mike DeWine warned that there’s no indication that the state has hit a plateau.

“There’s a two to three week lag before a case, they test positive and when they might be going into the hospital, when they might be going into an ICU. So we know that what’s going to happen for the next couple of weeks is sort of baked in already, it’s going to happen.”

113 new deaths were reported Wednesday, up from 102 the day before. 141 deaths were reported last Wednesday. Among the recent deaths – Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree, who had just been re-elected.

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