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Cleveland Department of Health confirms 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the city's total to 61

The cases include both male and females bringing the city's total to 61.
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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Department of Health has confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus in the city. 

The cases include both male and females bringing the city's total to 61. 

The patients range in age from 20's to 80 years old. Officials did not provide any information on whether the cases are being quarantined at home or have been hospitalized.

The department is working to identify anyone who has been in close contact with the residents so that they too can be monitored or tested, a press release said Thursday. 

As of Thursday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health announced that there were 867 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio. 15 people have died and 223 are hospitalized, including 91 in ICU.  

With cases and deaths trending upward -- and not projected to peak until late April or early May --  DeWine stated on Thursday that it's not a matter of "if" but "when" the state will need more space for patients.

"We are working on hospital capacity," DeWine said."We are working on a big expansion of beds and getting the infrastructure ready."

Watch the most recent press conference with Dr. Acton and Gov. DeWine below: 

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