OHIO COVID-19 Update: Record-Breaking Cases, COVID Defense Teams
Oct. 29, 2020: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the
following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio has now hit a record number of cases reported in a single
24-hour period. Between yesterday and today, health officials
have reported a total of 3,590 new positive coronavirus cases in
Ohio which is more than 700 cases more than the previous high
number of cases reported last Saturday. A total of 194 new
hospitalizations were also reported in the past 24 hours, the
third-highest number of hospitalizations reported in a single
day so far.
"The virus is raging throughout the state, and there is no place
to hide," said Governor DeWine. "We must face this virus head-on
with the tools that we know can beat this virus back: masks,
social distancing, washing hands frequently, and good
ventilation when inside."
UPDATED OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY:
New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health
found that 43 counties currently have a very high risk of
exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 38 counties last
week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties
since the launch of the advisory system in July. As of today, 78
percent of Ohioans are living in a Red Level 3 county. Less than
1 percent of Ohioans live in a Yellow Level 1 county.
"Despite the grim data that we see today, I am confident that we
can slow down this invader," said DeWine. "The decisions Ohioans
make each day will determine the outcome of this battle. We must
mask more, keep distance more, and simply be more careful. We
can control our destiny."
Although Clark, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton counties
are no longer listed on Ohio's watch list, there are still
serious concerns about spread of the coronavirus in these
"Our alert system is designed to flag indicators that are
getting worse, and what we are seeing is that these three
counties have plateaued at high levels," said DeWine.
A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19
in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System's website.
COVID DEFENSE TEAMS:
DeWine called on community leaders in each county to immediately
form a local COVID Defense Team consisting of county
commissioners, mayors, local hospital leaders, health
commissioners, business leaders, religious leaders, and other
Each COVID Defense Team will be responsible for assessing
COVID-19 spread in their communities, taking inventory of the
assets in the community, and focusing on what steps are
necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus among their
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has
partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to
provide financial support to families who may need supplemental
assistance outside of what is provided by their child's
Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
Learning Aid Ohio
was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who
can offer distance learning support for students with
disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is
to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences
for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform.
Applications can be submitted at www.LearningOhio.com.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 208,937 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 5,275 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 18,800 people have been hospitalized, including 3,816
admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign
language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio
Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or