Ohio reported more than 7,000 daily cases of coronavirus for the fourth day in a row, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Although it could indicate a possible plateau, Gov. Mike DeWine said 7,000 cases a day is still an “unacceptable” rate.
The governor announced a 21-day curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Thursday in hopes of reducing the spread of the virus.
As of Tuesday, the state has recorded 312,443 total cases, including 7,079 cases reported in the last 24 hours.
DeWine noted that the recent surge in cases has exceeded the increase in testing. On Sunday, the state’s positivity rate was 13.8% and the seven-day average was 12.8%. On Oct. 15, the seven-day average was 4.5%.
Hospitalizations increased by 368, the second highest number the state has reported. The current high is 386 reported on Nov. 10.
Throughout the pandemic, Ohio has reported 22,846 hospitalizations and 4,250 ICU admissions.
Cases and hospitalizations have continued to rise over the last month.
On Nov. 1, Ohio reported 3,303 daily cases. Less than two weeks later, Ohio tallied a record-high 8,071 cases.
There were 3,648 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Ohio Tuesday, with 992 in southwest Ohio.
Hospitalizations have nearly quadrupled over the last month, DeWine said. On Oct. 13, the state had 1,000 hospitalizations. That number double by Nov. 5 and on Nov. 12 the state hit 3,000 hospitalizations.