A closer look at the astonishing spike in Greater Cleveland’s coronavirus cases; up 1,259% in just 7 weeks

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The daily updates from the Ohio Department of Health have almost become numbing; 8,000 newly reported coronavirus cases one day, 7,000-plus the next. Then another 7,000, again and again, almost as if by routine.But a step back to what the numbers were like just a few weeks ago – not only for cases but also for trips to doctors and hospitals – delivers a harsh reminder of how sharply things have turned for the worse in Ohio’s quest to merely get a handle on the spread of the virus until a vaccine arrives.When Gov. Mike DeWine released his advisory alert map on Oct. 1, the seven-county Greater Cleveland/Akron area was averaging 83 new cases a day over the previous week (excluding incarcerated individuals). By this past Thursday, that number had grown to 1,134.Put another way, the cases regionally are up 1,259% in just seven weeks, cleveland.com found in analyzing the data distributed with the governor’s weekly alert map briefings. Coronavirus-related cases, doctor visits, emergency room visits and hospitalizations are all up sharply in Greater Cleveland, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health.Rich Exner, cleveland.comFor the Greater Cleveland area (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, …

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