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Ohio Sets Single-Day Record In New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

A sign on a grocery store in Columbus. Franklin County is one of 12 counties under a mask mandate issued by the state.
Karen Kasler
A sign on a grocery store in Columbus. Franklin County is one of 12 counties under a mask mandate issued by the state.

The state reported just under 1500 confirmed new coronavirus cases Friday, as mask mandates go into effect in 12 counties at 6pm. Ohio joins a growing number of states setting single-day records for new coronavirus cases.

Friday’s total of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1,494 – the state’s largest single day total, and a 33% increase from Thursday’s number. It eclipses the previous record of 1,353 new confirmed cases logged on April 19, when it was thought the state had reached its peak.

Since the first of July, there have been six days when the numbers of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio were over a thousand. Just a month ago on June 10, there were 355 new confirmed coronavirus cases.

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio is 27, more than double the new death toll reported Thursday. A month ago, there were 35 confirmed deaths recorded. But health experts have said that deaths are a lagging indicator.

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have been rising all week, totaling 928 on Friday.

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Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.
Karen Kasler
Contact Karen at 614/578-6375 or at kkasler@statehousenews.org.