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Ohio reports 11,885 new COVID cases after data glitches

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Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 2:44 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - New cases of the novel coronavirus are increasing at an exponential rate, with 11,885 cases reported in the prior 24-hour period leading up to Monday.

The big increase is likely an anomaly, though, due to technical problems with two labs being unable to report cases for two days. The numbers are also being affected by a backlog of antigen tests which labs are struggling to keep up with. Despite those issues, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said during a Monday press conference with hospital administrators that the daily case rate is tracking over 8,000 every day and increasing at an alarming rate.

Current COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to climb as well, with 4,358 beds throughout the state being filled by coronavirus patients, more than a thousand of them in the ICU. That’s a 59% increase over the previous two weeks.

Those hospital representatives unanimously agreed on Monday that Ohioans need to do whatever they can to slow the spread of the virus in the state and protect the hospital system from becoming overwhelmed.

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