Ohio Reports Record COVID Hospitalizations, While Pennsylvania Sees Highest Level Since June

The novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S. and on Tuesday, Ohio reported a record number of hospitalizations in a 24 hour period, while Pennsylvania saw the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since June.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 216 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in the last 24 hours, the most the state has seen throughout the ongoing pandemic. The record number of hospitalizations reported on Tuesday brings the state's total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations to 17,338.

Over the past 24 hours, the Ohio Department of Health also reported 2,015 new COVID-19 cases, eight new deaths and 36 new ICU admissions.

Across Ohio, data from the state's department of health shows over 185,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, at least 5,083 deaths and more than 3,500 ICU admissions.

In response to the record number of hospitalizations, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that the state's COVID-19 "numbers continue to rise at a rate that should concern all of us."

"A lot is at stake in Ohio because of the COVID-19 pandemic," said DeWine during a press conference on Tuesday. "Lives are at stake. We worry about hospitals filling up. We worry about long-term health issues for those who recover. We worry about the education of our children."

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A health professional walks out of a drive through coronavirus testing site at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio on March 17, 2020. Megan Jelinger/Getty

Newsweek reached out to the Ohio Department of Health for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Pennsylvania is currently facing a similar situation, as the state recently reported a 14-day moving average of 776 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number of hospitalizations since the state's peak in mid-June.

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows hospitalization rates staying below 500 prior to Tuesday's announcement.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are currently 918 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, over 177,000 confirmed cases and at least 8,533 deaths.

"The fall resurgence of COVID-19 is here," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf wrote in a recent tweet. "My entire administration has been preparing for this all summer."

Just last week, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine made similar comments, as she said the "fall resurgence" of COVID-19 has begun after the state saw nine consecutive days of over 1,000 new cases.

Since Levine's comments, cases in the state have continued to increase and have remained above 1,000 new cases per day since October 5.

Newsweek reached out to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.