Coronavirus

A look at Thursday's numbers.

2:55 p.m.

The state confirmed 867 cases of coronavirus in Ohio on Thursday with 15 deaths.

In all, 60 of Ohio's 88 counties reported cases with 223 people hospitalized, the state reported in its daily update. In all, 11 percent of coronavirus patients end up in the intensive care unit, Dr. Amy Acton, state health director, said in a televised briefing from Columbus.

“Ohio is still going to see a surge of coronavirus cases,” Acton said, estimating that the state could see 6,000 to 8,000 new cases per day at its peak based, preliminarily, on data modeling around a May 1 timeframe.

She added later, however, that all of those cases may not be able to be documented, mentioning testing-related issues.

Four cases are reported in Richland County, the county's health department has said, one more case than the state had in its count Thursday. (The state has said it is not unusual for state and local numbers to differ as local health departments often receive the initial reports).

No deaths are reported in Richland County.

In his televised briefing from Columbus, Gov. Mike DeWine addressed whether schools would restart this year (other than the online format).

"Is is possible we don't get back to school this academic year? Absolutely," he said. "But we just don't know yet. Our teachers, administrators, parents, they're doing amazing work with distance learning."

Addressing the stay-at-home order, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted urged people not to call 911 with questions or issues with it.

Husted also urged people to stay home even if they work for what the state calls "essential services."

2:05 p.m.

The state confirmed 867 cases of coronavirus in Ohio on Thursday with 15 deaths.

In all, 60 of Ohio's 88 counties reported cases with 223 people hospitalized, the state reported in its daily update.

Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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