Ohio reports over 1,000 new diagnoses for the first time since April

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 20:33:52-04

The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the first time since April 20 that the number of new diagnoses exceeded 1,000.

The record for Ohio’s fourth-highest day of new diagnoses has been broken more than once in the last two weeks. It used to be June 25, when Gov. Mike DeWine reported 842 new cases and warned that most new COVID-19 patients were between the ages of 20 and 40. Wednesday knocked it out of its spot.

The three highest-ever days of new diagnoses in Ohio are still April 18 (1,115), April 19 (1,380) and April 20 (1,317).

DeWine and other state officials have described Hamilton and Montgomery counties, home to Cincinnati and Dayton, respectively, as “hotspots “ for new cases.

The Ohio National Guard has been deployed to establish more testing sites throughout both urban areas, but DeWine avoided giving direct answers when questioned about whether he would consider making mask-wearing mandatory or rolling back some aspects of the state’s “reopening.”

Anyone seeking a COVID-19 test in Hamilton County can find a testing site on this interactive map compiled by Hamilton County Public Health.