COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
As of Monday, Aug. 3 a total of 93,963 (+932) cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 3,539 (+10) deaths and 10,992 (+92) hospitalizations. There are 68,394 presumed patients who have recovered from the virus in Ohio.
The Department of Health adds the data when it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.
Governor Mike DeWine’s next live briefing is expected to take place Tuesday, August 4.
Thursday’s daily case count of 1,733 new cases was the largest for Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic.
Governor DeWine said he has asked the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to call a meeting to enact an emergency rule relating to liquor sales. The commission approved that rule Friday morning and DeWine signed it into effect for that night.
“The problem is, bars, by their nature, lend themselves to a revolving door of people in close contact, oftentimes indoors. Patrons either stay at one location, sometimes for hours or bar hop. Either way, they interact with many different people – especially the younger crowd,” said DeWine.
The governor said a second shutdown would be devastating to bars, and he’s not doing that at this point.