UPDATE: 15 COVID-19 deaths reported in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) UPDATE: 3/26/20 2:45 P.M.

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Ohio has increased along with the number of deaths due to the virus.

According to the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, 867 cases have been confirmed and 15 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported.

The Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 website stats that 223 patients have been hospitalized and that there have been 91 ICU admissions.

Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration has created a new interactive feature on coronavirus.ohio.gov The new feature breaks down county-level demographics.


UPDATE 3/21/20:

Two more deaths caused by COVID-19 have been reported in Ohio. That brings the total deaths caused by the virus there to three.

There are now 247 confirmed cases of the virus in the buckeye state, spanning 33 counties. There are 58 hospitalizations.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has confirmed the state's first death from the coronavirus.

DeWine identified the man who died Wednesday as a 76-year-old attorney from the Toledo area who had recently traveled to California. DeWine says the state has now entered a new stage in the crisis.

Ohio now has nearly 170 cases with nearly 40 hospitalizations. The state human services agency said it received 139,468 unemployment insurance benefit applications online this week, compared to 4,815 last week. 

The federal government approved Ohio's application for access to low-interest loans of up to $2 million for businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus' economic impact.