CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Department of Health has confirmed an additional six cases of coronavirus in the city, bringing the total to 42.
The new cases include both males and females. Their ages range from 40 years to 60 years old. The city did not provide information on whether these patients are in their homes or being hospitalized for treatment and care.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed that the number of cases in the state has risen to 564. Eight people have died and 145 are hospitalized.
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton provided some perspective on the number of cases and deaths during her portion of the briefing. 16% of the cases in the state are healthcare workers. Also, Acton said the state's hospitals are at about 60% capacity after elective surgeries were stopped. "The bottom line is that it's about ICU bed capacity. We are trying to keep those who can be routinely cared for in lesser care settings and turning our hospitals into expanded ICU settings," she said.
DeWine spoke about the state's economy during his remarks. "Every single day I think about those of you who are unemployed. I think about the small businesses. I know that each day that goes by that you don't have income is very, very tough. And I fully understand that. The truth is that protecting people and protecting the economy are not mutually exclusive. In fact, one depends on the other. We save our economy by first saving lives. And we have to do it in that order."
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