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Updated: 4:01 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

A lack of available staff could greatly impact the care hospitals are able to provide for both coronavirus patients and anyone else in need of hospital services, said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, incoming chief medical director of the Ohio Department of Health Monday.

Hospital challenges have changed throughout the course of the pandemic.

Updated: 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

COVID-19 cases are soaring across the country and here in Cuyahoga County.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner announced Monday the office building will be closed to the public and non-essential employees until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The U.S. the recorded highest number of new cases ever reported in a single day on Saturday -- 128,000. And Ohio continues to break records, with more than 5,500 new cases recorded Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 

Stephanie McCloud, left, and Bruce Vanderhoff, right.
Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ohio Health

Gov. Mike DeWine named two new leaders to the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, while the state set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases.

Ohio hit another record for new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as thousands of masked Ohioans showed up to vote in person at socially distant polling sites across the state.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,229 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, breaking a record set just four days earlier. The 7-day average of new cases has been climbing since late September.

Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Kelli Barnes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

On Thursday, Ohio broke its record for most new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day – for the second day in a row. That had Gov. Mike DeWine raising the alarm about the virus' rapid spread.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

State health leaders say COVID-19 infections are increasing in recent weeks when compared with the same time last month. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine warns that might translate into more deaths from the virus in the future.

Ohioans can now get nasal and oral piercings again, but Cleveland-area body piercer Tony Rikard said he hasn't seen much demand yet.

"It's kind of picking up again," he said. "I don't know if people just haven't heard yet, but I expect it to get a little bit busier once the word kind of spreads a little bit more."

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The number of Ohio counties now on red alert for rapid spread of COVID-19 jumped this week to its highest level since late July. And the number of counties on a level two "orange" alert under Ohio's Public Health Advisory System has gone up to 58, the highest ever.

President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine says that President Trump's diagnosis and hospitalization should be a reminder that "no one is immune" from COVID-19.

This Feb, 25, 2020 file photo show the Preterm building, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in Cleveland. Officials in Texas and Ohio are taking steps aimed at banning most abortions during this phase of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The number of abortions in Ohio continue to decline. According to the latest Ohio Abortion Report, 323 fewer abortions were reported last year than in 2018, a 2% drop.

In this March 6, 2020, photo, tissues, gloves, and masks greet visitors at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Ohio is allowing intermediate care facilities, for people with intellectual disabilities, to resume indoor visitations on Monday. 

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio will begin allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes, long-term care centers and intermediate care facilities, months after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Sheetz convenience store in Mansfield, Penn.
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If you’ve been missing that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, or the rollers full of hot dogs at gas stations, your wait should soon be over.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 685 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of cases reported since Sept. 8. The state’s 21-day average continues to stay around 1,000 cases, with a slight downward trend.

On Tuesday Ohio reported 145,850 total COVID-19 cases and 4,635 deaths. The state has had 14,899 hospitalizations and 3,210 ICU admissions.