AKRON, Ohio — More than 1,400 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in Ohio, with roughly half of them in the Northeast region alone.
Summit County Public Health now confirms 86 cases of the virus in the county, with 22 hospitalizations. Five of those people have died, which would be the most of any county in Ohio.
"SCPH has been tirelessly preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic," the department said in a statement. "This includes reaching out to all known contacts of COVID-19 cases to help prevent the spread of this disease."
Officials did not give any information regarding the two latest fatalities, although the first three had all ranged from their 70s-90s in regards to age. The Ohio Department of Health says the coronavirus has infected age groups from 20 and above relatively equally, but the vast majority of the state's 344 hospitalizations have been among people 50 and older.
For the moment, the ODH only has Summit County at 79 cases and four deaths. However, those statistics were revealed before the county public health department gave its own numbers.
Summit is the fourth largest county in Ohio, behind only Cuyahoga (Cleveland), Franklin (Columbus), and Hamilton (Cincinnati). Cuyahoga currently has the most cases of COVID-19 in the state with 370.