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Gov. DeWine raises alarm as COVID-19 daily cases spike to 2,742 Friday

Gov. Mike DeWine says it's the highest number the state has seen in a month.

AKRON, Ohio — After hitting a plateau over the past couple of weeks, it appears COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise in Ohio.

The state reported an additional 2,742 cases of COVID-19 Friday, the highest single-day number in a month, and 1,241 more than the previous 24-hour period.

Gov. DeWine made the announcement while touring a vaccination site in Summit County at Jewish Senior Housing of Akron.

"That's particularly worrisome because of what we're seeing in Michigan. Michigan has got real hot spots now, it's really going up," said Gov. DeWine. "We're also seeing that in another one of our border states and that's West Virginia. So it really is a race between getting the vaccine, and this variant which is multiplying in Ohio," he said.

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

Gov. DeWine noted that, in Ohio, a little more than 26% of residents -- that's about 3.1 million people -- have been vaccinated so far.

Next week, Gov. DeWine says the state will receive more vaccine than it's seen before. This week, Ohio received 420,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination. Next week, that number is expected to reach 571,000 doses -- an increase of 151,000 vaccine doses.

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The governor also stated that more than 1,300 permanent locations in the state of Ohio are administering the vaccination. Next week, the state plans to add more mass vaccination sites in a few different areas.

You can watch Gov. DeWine's full remarks from Akron in the player below.

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