RECORD-BREAKING CASES & HOSPITALIZATIONS:
Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio is once again breaking
records in regard to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Between yesterday and today, health officials have reported
a total of 4,961 new positive coronavirus cases in Ohio, the
highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period to date.
There are currently 2,075 patients hospitalized with
COVID-19 which is a 55 percent increase in hospitalized
patients compared to two weeks ago.
Of the hospitalized patients, 541 people are in intensive
care. The previous record for intensive care admissions was
533 in April.
"This virus is flaring up, and we have to push it down - the
economy depends on it," said Governor DeWine. "If the virus
continues to aggressively spread, people will lose confidence in
their ability to safely go to stores, restaurants, and other
businesses. If we want to keep our economy moving, we must all
live with this virus and we must all be more careful."
Governor DeWine stressed that the new record number of cases is
not due to increased testing capacity in the state. Since
September 24, the total number of tests in Ohio has increased by
approximately 44 percent, but positive cases have increased 280
percent in the same time period. If a person is tested multiple
times, they are only counted once.
STATEWIDE HIGH INCIDENCE:
New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health
revealed today that all 88 counties in Ohio are now considered
"high incidence" as defined by the Centers for Disease Control
"There have been so many cases in the past two weeks that the
risk of catching this virus in every county of this state is
very real and very concerning," said Governor DeWine. "Again, I
ask everyone to recognize their personal responsibility in
slowing the spread of this deadly disease. It's up to every
citizen in Ohio to choose to slow the spread by wearing masks,
distancing, and making overall smart decisions."
According to today's updated Ohio Public Health Advisory System
map, 56 counties are currently rated as having a very high risk
of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 43 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, 86
percent of Ohioans are living in a Red Level 3 county.
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.
NEW OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STRUCTURE:
DeWine announced multiple key additions to the existing
administration at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff: Dr.
Vanderhoff previously served for more than a decade as a Senior
Vice President and as the Chief Medical Officer at OhioHealth.
He has years of experience leading large teams in successfully
dealing with important healthcare issues in Ohio and prepared
OhioHealth to deal with the threat of Ebola and the H1N1 flu
Director Stephanie McCloud: Director
McCloud previously served as Governor DeWine's administrator of
the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, managing an agency of
1,800 colleagues and over $28 billion in assets. She has
considerable experience in the area of mental health and
addiction treatment which is a priority in Ohio's health
Senior Deputy Lance Himes: Himes
had previously served as the interim director of ODH where
he has played an integral role in running and managing many
aspects of the pandemic response operation. He will lead the
coordination of the state’s vaccine distribution plan and will
continue to work directly with Ohio’s local health
Chief of Staff Kathleen Madden: Madden
had previously served as Assistant Director at the Ohio Office
of Budget and Management and will now play a key role in keeping
ODH's pandemic and non-pandemic programs and operations on
track. She will work to prioritize and resolve critical issues,
provide oversight and guidance to ODH staff, and ensure that ODH
funds are spent responsibly and strategically.
Other key members of the ongoing COVID-19 response who will
continue their roles in assisting ODH are:
Adjutant General Maj. Gen. John Harris, Ohio National Guard: Maj.
Gen. Harris will continue work to ensure complex operations,
such as COVID testing and contact tracing, are well-coordinated,
monitored, and improved when necessary. He will also work
directly with Senior Deputy Himes on the planning and logistics
of the forthcoming vaccine distribution program.
Director Ursel McElroy, Ohio Department of Aging: Director
McElroy will continue to direct virus prevention efforts for
older adults in the community and in long-term settings,
including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Director Lori Criss, Ohio Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services: Director
Criss will continue to lead efforts to address the increasing
mental health needs of citizens during the pandemic.
NEW OHIO BWC ADMINISTRATOR:
DeWine announced that John Logue, the Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation's (BWC) Chief of Strategic Direction, will become
the new administrator of Ohio BWC effective on November 16.
Logue has worked for 26 years in the industry. Before returning
to BWC in 2019, he most recently served as the vice president of
client services for International Absence Management Company
where he focused on Ohio workers’ compensation.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 235,170 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 5,461 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 20,015 people have been hospitalized, including 3,969
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