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Ohio sets all-time COVID-19 hospitalization record

"There are more people in the hospital with COVID-19 than [at] any other time," Gov. Mike DeWine said during Tuesday's briefing.
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Gov. Mike DeWine during the state's coronavirus update on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

COLUMBUS — Ohio today reported 216 new COVID-19 hospitalizations — the largest single-day increase throughout the pandemic. 

"There are more people in the hospital with COVID-19 than [at] any other time," Gov. Mike DeWine said during Tuesday's briefing. "These are literally shocking numbers."

The record follows a week of multiple new state records for most cases reported in a single day. 

If cases and hospitalizations continue to rise as flu season ramps up, it will threaten hospital capacity. 

"Those two issues will collide at some point if we don’t see a change in the trajectory of our total cases and total hospitalizations," said Dr. Andrew Thomas, Chief Clinical Officer at the Wexner Medical Center. 



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Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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