Ohio reports record 11,885 COVID-19 cases in part due to reporting delays

COLUMBUS – Hospital leaders again pleaded with Ohioans to wear a mask and limit gatherings with others as the state set another record for newly reported COVID-19 cases and currently hospitalized patients.

Ohio reported 11,885 new COVID-19 cases added Monday. But that might be “artificially high,” Gov. Mike DeWine warned, due to a two-day delay in reporting from large testing providers Mercy Health and the Cleveland Clinic.

Monday’s case numbers were again marked “incomplete” for the sixth day in a row due to a backlog of “thousands” of cases linked to a positive antigen test that need review before they can count. The previous single-day record was 8,808 on Friday, which was also “incomplete.”

“The big, big picture is the high volume of these cases is now overwhelming the system,” DeWine said.