CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the city's total to 236.
The new cases include men and woman ranging in age from their 30's to their 60's. The Department of Health is working to contact everyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.
The city's death toll remain at two.
As of Wednesday, Ohio has had 5,148 confirmed coronavirus cases, 1,485 of which have resulted in hospitalization, 472 ICU admissions and 193 deaths. Dating back to the discovery of the state's first positive coronavirus case on March 9, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has taken several measures to encourage physical distancing, including a stay-at-home order that is currently in place until at least May 1.
On Wednesday, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton shared a new projection of the state's coronavirus curve, which now projects a peak of 1,600 new daily cases late this month. Acton attributed Ohio's improved outlook to the effects of physical distancing that are now being more accurately factored into the modeling.
While Ohio's outlook is improved, Acton stressed the need for Ohioans to continue to practice social distancing and other preventative measures. While the modeling shows Ohio has drastically benefitted from early mitigation, Acton said that the battle is ongoing.
"If we stopped today, if we all ran outside, in two more weeks we would have gone way back up again," Acton said. "We've got to hold steady and hold the course."