As Ohio votes, the coronavirus thrives

    A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images.

    More Ohioans are in the hospital with COVID-19 on Election Day than at any other point during the pandemic, according to Tuesday data from the Ohio Department of Health.

    About 4,200 Ohioans contracted COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting the latest new case record since the virus resumed its surge in late September.

    More than 200 were hospitalized Tuesday, leaving a total of nearly 2,000 people with COVID-19 currently in Ohio’s hospitals. Nearly 20,000 have been hospitalized since the coronavirus was first detected in Ohio in March.

    The positivity rate — the proportion of a day’s worth of test that comes back positive — hit 8.4% Sunday, an all-time high (excluding mass testing in state prisons that were virtually overrun by the virus in April). The seven-day moving average positivity rate was 7%.

    The rising positivity rate indicates the virus is growing more prevalent.

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