Ohio saw another uptick in coronavirus infections Sunday as the 968 new daily cases topped the number of the previous day, the Ohio Department of Health reported.
The state’s total number of cases in the pandemic is now 57,151. On Saturday, the state had reported an increase of 926, to a total of 56,183 cases.
Four more COVID-19 deaths were reported Sunday, increasing the state’s toll to 2,911.
Hospitalizations increased by 61 on Sunday, raising the pandemic total to 8,172 cases.
Six more people were admitted to intensive care units Sunday, boosting that total to 2,058.
Franklin County, by a wide margin, continues to lead the state in coronavirus cases. On Sunday, the state reported that Franklin County has had 10,271. That is an increase of 248 over Saturday’s total.
Cuyahoga County, which is the Cleveland area, has had 7,724 cases, the second-most in Ohio .
In response to the climbing virus numbers, at least two more central Ohio cities are considering making face coverings mandatory indoors in public places and businesses.
Upper Arlington City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to consider emergency legislation to require masks in indoor public spaces. Council members will meet remotely and broadcast the session on the city’s website, upperarlingtonoh.gov, and on its Facebook page, @CityofUA.
Granville Village Council in Licking County has called a special meeting for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a potential mandate for the use of facial coverings.
If the cities approve the requirements, they would join Columbus, Bexley, Cleveland, Dayton, Dublin (effective Monday), Grandview Heights and some other Ohio cities that have adopted face coverings. Cincinnati’s face-covering requirement goes into effect Thursday.