Ohio Hits Highest Totals Yet in COVID Cases, Hospitalizations

Ohio reported more new coronavirus cases yesterday than ever before in a single day. Another 1,733 Ohioans were reported to have tested positive for the virus, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The new record is well above the 21-day average of 1,347 and bypasses the 1,697 new cases reported July 17. 

The number of Ohio counties at the Red Level 3 alert level dropped slightly, but the number of Yellow Level 1 Alert counties also decreased, meaning higher infection rates in Ohio's rural areas. When the alert system launched, 53 Ohio counties were at Level 1. Only 23 counties, representing only 12% of the state's population are at the lowest level.

After announcing restrictions on county fairs early this week, Gov. Mike DeWine yesterday asked the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to end the sale of alcohol at all bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. each night. The governor proposed the liquor limits following outbreaks associated with bars across Ohio.

Detailed data on all 88 counties are now available on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System's website.