DeWine to speak today on virus pace
Ohio passes 6K cases in 1 day
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine did not have a coronavirus briefing Tuesday, but is expected to host one at 5:30 p.m. today, on the heels of yet another record-setting day for new COVID-19 infections reported in the state.
New cases reported Tuesday shot up to 6,508, surpassing 6,000 cases in one day for the first time, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The number is thousands more than the 21-day average of 3,612, calculated using data from the last three weeks.
The uptick in cases is reflected in new cases reported Tuesday in the Mahoning Valley, where Mahoning County reported 112 new cases and Trumbull County reported 123 new cases. Columbiana County posted 32 new cases.
There were 23 new deaths reported statewide, but no deaths were reported in the Valley since Monday, when Trumbull County reported two new deaths, bringing the total to 139.
Hospitalizations reported by the state caused by COVID-19 went up to 386 on Tuesday, nearly 200 more than the 174 daily average over the past three weeks.
DeWine today is expected to discuss the “critical stage” the state has reached battling COVID-19, and the “impact on Ohio moving forward.”
Trumbull and Mahoning counties are at Level 3, red, in the state’s public health advisory system, the second-highest level. Both counties and Columbiana County, which is at Level 2, are considered high-spread counties because there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 people. The state updates the advisory system every Thursday.
Among the Trumbull County numbers are two staff members at Niles Middle School who have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the school district website, as of Nov. 8, the latest numbers, the middle school had no positive student cases. The two positive staff cases there mark the first time the building had any positives, both for staff or students.
Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said the middle school will be remote learning until Nov. 24 — the beginning of Thanksgiving break.
“The reason for the closure was due to the number of confirmed cases and the number of those waiting for test results,” Thigpen said.
She said the plan is to go back to hybrid learning after the break. Hybrid learning staggers the day students attend classrooms.
The only school in the district to have current student cases is the primary school, with one case, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.