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Hamilton County Public Health (screenshot from video provided)

Hamilton County is reporting a weekly increase of 5,872 COVID-19 cases following a backlog of antigen tests being cleared throughout the state. "Our cases here in Hamilton County, when you take that out, continue to be rather plateaued," Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Dec. 2, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing)

For the fourth week in a row, Hamilton County is reporting nearly 4,000 new cases, with 3,943 announced during a Wednesday briefing.

As more COVID-19 cases emerge, more hospitalizations are due to follow, officials say. Earlier this week, UC Health hospitals announced they were pausing elective surgeries for the near future to make way for potential COVID cases.

At least 3,865 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton County since last week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the county's health commissioner said he's worried about a skyrocket of cases in the coming weeks.

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More than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hamilton County since the beginning of the pandemic. Since last week, nearly 4,000 new cases have been confirmed.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Nov. 12, 2020 briefing)

As Hamilton County heads into the holiday season, county officials are sounding the alarm on concerns of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Commission President Denise Driehaus said the week-over-week increase in new infections is over 4,000. Last week the county reported an increase of 2,000.

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With nearly 2,000 more COVID cases since last week, 46 additional hospitalizations and seven more deaths, the state could put Hamilton County on a watch list Thursday or declare it "purple," the highest level on the pandemic advisory map.

Hamilton County's health commissioner said Wednesday if current COVID-19 trends continue, it's "inevitable" the county will reach "purple" on the state's health advisory map.  That's the highest and most severe level.

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Schools across Cincinnati Public were preparing to welcome back students on Monday. But now, COVID-19 has put a halt to those plans.