Coronavirus in Ohio Saturday: 1,242 new cases, eight deaths in the last 24 hours

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest COVID-19 case numbers for the state Saturday.

As of Saturday, Sept. 12, a total of 136,568 (+1,242) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 4,411 (+8) deaths and 14,284 (+48) hospitalizations. There are presumed 114,066 recovered cases in the state.

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.

DeWine began his last briefing on the COVID-19 fight Thursday by warning that flu season is coming and that, along with COVID-19, could be extremely dangerous. He received his vaccine alongside First Lady Fran DeWine during the briefing.

In the latest Ohio Public Health Advisory system map, only six counties are level 3. More and more counties are going to levels 1 and 2.

Also at Thursday’s update, the governor announced Dr. Joan Duwve as the new Ohio Department of Health director, only to have Duwve take herself out of consideration for the position hours later. According to a South Carolina news report, she cited the harassment of former ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton as the reason for removing herself from the position.

Governor DeWine is expected to hold his next news conference Tuesday afternoon.

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