COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
As of Nov. 25, a total of 382,743 (+10,835) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 6,274 (+156) deaths and 25,486 (+471) hospitalizations. The number of deaths recorded Wednesday is the highest reported since Ohio began tracking the data.
A notice on the state’s coronavirus dashboard says that data is incomplete with thousands of reports pending review. It is unknown when the backlog from double-checking the results of about 6,000 antigen tests will be cleared.
Gov. Mike DeWine provided an update Tuesday on COVID-19 in Ohio, warning residents in his last briefing before Thanksgiving that what happens the rest of the week could have a huge impact on the state in the coming weeks.
“If people don’t pull back from the normal Thanksgiving, we could have a disaster in here by the middle of December, leading into Christmas,” DeWine said. “Not only would that be a disaster from a medical point of view, but economically. I’ve said before that the biggest threat to our economy in Ohio and people’s jobs is if this virus flares out of control.”
DeWine said the period between now and the end of the year is “vitally important” to slowing the spread of the virus. He encouraged Ohioans to do two main things: reduce their contacts with people outside their homes and to wear a mask.
But he said he was encouraged by several pieces of news. First was state unemployment being down to 5.6% in October from 8.3%. He also mentioned that mask-wearing compliance at about 90% in retail establishments after recently issuing an order requiring them.
And DeWine said that White House officials reported that the state should receive its first batch of vaccine about Dec. 15. The state has begun distribution plans.