Coronavirus in Ohio Friday update: 40,424 cases, 2,508 deaths


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of cases of COVID-19 in the state. 

As of Friday, a total of 40,424 cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 2,508 deaths and 6,814 hospitalizations. Of the hospitalizations, 1,745 were ICU admissions.

The Department of Health adds the data as soon as 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.

Gov. DeWine announced Thursday that Dr. Acton has resigned as Director of the Ohio Department of Health. He says she will be staying on as Chief Health Advisor.  

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear white coats. This particular hero’s white coat is embossed with the name Dr. Amy Acton,” DeWine said.

Gov. DeWine began Thursday’s news conference that due to the expanded amount of testing, anyone in the state of Ohio who wants to get tested, will be able to do so.

Testing sites will be available throughout the state, according to DeWine. To find location, go to


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