The Hamilton County Health Department reported 948 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people in the county diagnosed with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic to 70,070.
The health department reported five more deaths on Wednesday and 26 since Dec. 22. That makes 2,178 positive cases in one week. Officials now say that 779 people have died from COVID-19 during the two-plus years of the pandemic.
The health department reports there are currently 3,026 active COVID cases in Hamilton County. There are currently 124 people who are being treated in hospital for the virus.
According to the health department, as of Dec. 16 there are 62 active cases in East Ridge. Over the span of the pandemic, 4,068 cases have been reported in our city.
Our region was not alone in spiraling COVID cases, as across the U.S. a record 488,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday.