COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health released the latest COVID-19 case numbers for the state Tuesday afternoon.
As of Tuesday, July 21, a total of 77,215 (+1,047) cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 3,213 (+30) deaths and 9,736 (+126) hospitalizations. There are a presumed 51,860 patients who have recovered from the virus in Ohio.
Governor DeWine’s planned briefing was delayed due to a press conference called by U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers to discuss charges related to a $60 million bribe to a state official and associates.
The Department of Health adds the data when it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.
On Friday and Saturday, the state reported the most single-day increases in cases since the pandemic began. On Friday, there were 1,679 new cases reported, the most since the state started releasing numbers. On Saturday, the state reported 1,542 cases, the second-highest amount of new cases.
According to the latest map of warning levels, Athens, Delaware, Licking and Union Counties in central Ohio are now at level 3. A total of 19 counties are now under that alert level. Mask requirements for those counties will soon go into effect. Athens County is on the warning list to move to level 4 status.
Delaware County is seeing a “surge” in cases according to Governor DeWine, people going to their doctors with symptoms have doubled. Licking County is also in a similar situation.
Scioto County has seen more cases in the last two weeks then over the course of the rest of the pandemic. Governor DeWine says signs point to widespread community spread.
Governor DeWine has mentioned in several counties they are linking cases back to travel to places like Florida and Arizona.
Mask requirements took effect at 6 p.m. Friday. With these new counties added, 60% of Ohio’s population will now be living under a mask mandate.
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