Ohio recorded at least 3,590 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, the highest daily count in the state since the pandemic began.
Gov. Mike DeWine also announced 192 new hospitalizations and 19 new deaths due to the virus.
"The virus is raging throughout the state of Ohio. There is no place to hide," DeWine said at a news conference Thursday.
Eighty three of 88 counties in Ohio are now considered "high incident counties," DeWine said.
Righty now, 78% of state residents are living in a county labeled "red" for "very high exposure and spread."
DeWine announced that he's asked leaders of every community to create a "Covid Defense team" that should include county commissioners, mayors, local hospital leaders, business leaders and religious leaders. The teams should assess and understand the situation and focus on what steps to take to turn the situation in their community around.
"We're simply letting our guard down," chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Health and Covid-19 adviser to DeWine, Dr. Richard Lofgren, said at the news conference.
While businesses and establishments are following restrictions, the virus is spreading in private social events, Lofgren said.
To note: These numbers were released by the state’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.