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.
THREAD: New Ohio covid-19 data
-226,138 cases (4,229 new in last 24 hrs)
-19,615 hospitalized (213 new)
-5,373 dead (33 new reported, varying dates of death)
Really bad signs all across the board, especially the positivity rate. Here, another new case record pic.twitter.com/sjjdg98wk7
— Jake Zuckerman (@jake_zuckerman) November 3, 2020
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