COLUMBUS, Ohio — New coronavirus cases hit a new record on Friday as Ohioans headed into their first weekend under Gov. Mike DeWine's mandated statewide overnight curfew.
The state reported 8,808 new cases on Friday, eclipsing the 8,071 record set a week ago.
Ohio had hovered between 7,000 and 8,000 cases a day over the last week. But that represents a significant jump from just three weeks ago, when the state had fewer than 4,000 new cases.
Friday's record new cases, up from 7,787 on Thursday, doesn't account for a backlog of about 12,000 less reliable rapid antigen tests that the state is double-checking. The state always verifies those tests, but the number performed on a daily basis has exploded from hundreds to thousands, making it difficult to check within 24 hours.
The state also reported on Friday another 65 deaths and 398 new hospitalizations from the coronavirus. Another 42 were reported to have been admitted to intensive care units.
The sustained spike pushed DeWine this week to implement the curfew and to travel the state to encourage Ohioans to limit their contacts, wear masks and abide by the curfew to help stop the rapid spread of the virus.
And local governments around the state have issued stay-at-home advisories for residents, including those in Franklin County where the state on Thursday gave a purple warning designation for the first time.
The statewide curfew started Thursday and runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 21 days until Dec. 10. Franklin County's advisory was to begin at 6 p.m. Friday.
The order does not close businesses, but it does require Ohioans to stay at home during those hours, with several exemptions, including for those seeking medical treatment, picking up takeout food, going to work and shopping for groceries.
Greater restrictions came this week as hospitalizations hit record levels. The state set a record with 3,829 patients hospitalized in Ohio on Thursday.