CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here is our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world Oct. 3-9:
Oct. 3: CNN says only three states – Texas, Missouri and South Carolina – are reporting a decline in new cases compared to last week, as the country hit its highest daily rate in almost two months. Twenty-one states report an increase in cases. Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and aide to President Trump, announces he tested positive. He joins several other prominent figures who tested positive, including Kellyanne Conway and Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. CBS News reports that the California governor’s office, in a Tweet, suggests restaurant-goers keep their masks on “in between bites.”
Oct. 4: Trump leaves the hospital and takes a ride with Secret Service members, drawing criticism for leaving a quarantined and controlled health environment. The Ohio Investigative Unit cites Barley House in Cleveland for violations regarding sales for on-premises alcoholic consumption. Club Paradis in Cleveland receives an administrative citation for improper conduct and limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. Kenzo Takada, founder of the French luxury fashion house Kenzo, dies of coronavirus. He was 81.
Oct. 5: After seeing high infection rates, officials in Paris say bars will be shut down again today. The Ohio health department allows the Cleveland Browns to double spectators to 12,000 at FirstEnergy Stadium. For the first two home games, the Browns received an exemption on the coronavirus gathering limit and were allowed 6,000 fans in the stadium. Ohio reports 1,057 new coronavirus cases, with the total approaching 160,000. Deaths are at 4,931. Cleveland has 36 new cases. So far, 1 in 73 Ohioans are known to have contracted Covid. Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, says about 10% of the world’s population has had the virus. That translates to about 760 million people. President Trump, upon his release from the hospital, says: “Don’t let it (coronavirus) dominate you.” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (photo above, bottom right) says she has tested positive.
Oct. 6: Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller announces he has tested positive. Dr. Anthony Fauci says if health precautions are not followed, the United States could hit 400,000 deaths by winter. Kent State University will ask 450 random students to be tested weekly and partner with CVS. Kent campus reported 40 new cases for the week of Sept. 27.
Oct. 7: Half the U.S. states are reporting increases in Covid cases. Iranian state television reports 239 fatalities, a record number of daily deaths for the country of more than 80 million people. Ohio has 1,424 new virus cases. In all, 162,723 people have had coronavirus. The number of deaths increase 23 to 4,970. Cleveland’s Department of Public Health says it has not identified any more coronavirus infections while conducting contact tracing on 11 positive cases linked to the presidential debate in Cleveland. None of the 11 people who tested positive in the run-up to the Sept. 29 debate received credentials or accessed the debate hall.
Oct. 8: The number of Ohio counties classified as Level 3, or the second-highest in the state’s coronavirus color-coded system, is up to 18 – a record since July. Many cases are linked to weddings, funerals and gatherings. Case numbers in the state continue to climb, with a daily increase of 1,539. Kent State announces an additional 110 students on the third and fourth floors of Fletcher Hall have been ordered to quarantine until Tuesday, Oct. 20. At least 211 Kent State students have quarantined since the semester began. CNN says the United States is averaging more than 45,000 new positive tests daily – more than double what it saw in June. A new study from Japan shows coronavirus could live on human skin much longer than other viruses. The study found coronavirus remained viable for nine hours on skin while the flu lived for only two hours.
Oct. 9: The number of newly reported cases increases by 1,840 in Ohio. It sets a record for reported infections in a single day. The closest Ohio has had to this figure is on July 30, when there were 1,733 in one day. Ohio has had 166,102 coronavirus cases since the outbreak hit the state this year, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The department is offering free testing events today and Saturday in Akron. Testing will be 3-7 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at Summit County Public Health, 1867 West Market St., while supplies last. (Find more details here.)
Each Saturday morning, we recap events and stats regarding coronavirus. Here are our past recaps:
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