Ohio reports record number of new COVID-19 cases, but Hamilton County off watch list

Gov. DeWine updates Ohio’s COVID-19 response

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday Ohio set a record for new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span.

3,590 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the governor during his press conference.

Gov. DeWine said it is “by far the highest number we have seen.”

The number of new cases on Thursday was about 700 more than the previous high, Gov. DeWine stated.

“The virus is raging throughout the state, and there is no place to hide,” said Gov. DeWine. “We must face this virus head-on with the tools that we know can beat this virus back: masks, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and good ventilation when inside.”

Gov. DeWine said no counties, including Hamilton, were elevated to the purple level of the state’s COVID-19 alert system.

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This announcement might come as a surprise given that on Wednesday Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus said she expected the county to reach the purple level on Thursday.

In fact, Hamilton County and some other counties were removed from the state’s watch list.

The cases in the county are going up, but the governor said Hamilton County’s outpatient visits and hospital admissions plateaued.

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“Our alert system is designed to flag indicators that are getting worse, and what we are seeing is that these three counties [Clark, Cuyahoga, Hamilton] have plateaued at high levels,” said Gov. DeWine.

Clermont County now joins Hamilton County as counties in southwest Ohio to be in the red level of the state’s COVID-19 alert system.

Community leaders are being called upon by Gov. DeWine to form a COVID Defense Team.

The job of these teams will be to assess the county’s situation and focus on what steps need to be taken to turn things around, the governor explained.

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