Longtime ex-Major Leaguer dies, NFL game postponed, Ohio travel ban, more – coronavirus timeline Sept. 26-Oct. 2

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here is our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world Sept. 26-Oct. 2:

Sept. 26: Cleveland has 19 new cases of coronavirus. Longtime Major League Baseball player Jay Johnstone (above, top right photo) dies of complications resulting from coronavirus. He played for eight teams in 20 years (1966-85). The jovial prankster was 74.

Sept. 27: It’s reported that Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh (above, top left photo) has tested positive and spent time in the hospital. The Ohio Department of Health says the state has 800 new cases, bringing the total to 150,809. A total of 4,741 people have died from the virus. Cleveland records 11 cases, taking the city’s total numbers to 5,454. Ages of victims range from 9 to 69. Death toll worldwide stands around 998,000.

Sept. 28: Kent State University quarantines 44 students in two residence halls after they were potentially exposed to the virus. Ohio’s cases increase by 993 from the previous day’s report. In all, 151,802 people have had the virus in Ohio. Five more people die in Ohio. Cleveland confirms 11 new cases. So far, one in 77 Ohioans is known to have contracted the virus.

Sept. 29: Ohio reports 1,105 new cases. Cleveland confirms 13 new cases. The Tennessee Titans suspend in-person activities through Friday after three players and five staffers test positive. The presidential debate is held in Cleveland, coronavirus-style. President Trump and Joe Biden do not shake hands upon entering. Fewer than 100 ticketed guests are allowed to attend, and all participants and media had to pass a Covid test before entering. The Cleveland Clinic is advising on all presidential debates.

Sept. 30: Ohio reports 1,080 new cases and 23 deaths Wednesday, bringing the death toll past 4,800. In Cleveland, 12 cases are reported. The state releases its latest travel advisory map, with seven states (Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi) with high positivity rates. That’s a possible indicator the virus could be prevalent among the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extends the no-sail order for cruise ships through Saturday, Oct. 31. CNN, citing Johns Hopkins University’s figures, says the United States has had at least 42,812 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 7,233,042 confirmed infections. Also: 946 new fatalities are reported, bringing the domestic death toll to at least 206,932. More than 63 million people in India may have contracted the virus – about 10 times higher than official reported figures – because of a survey that found antibodies in about one in 15 people over age 10. The Tennessee Titans’ outbreak results in the postponement of their scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Major League Baseball says it will allow a limited number of fans for the National League Championship Series and World Series in Arlington, Texas.

Oct. 1: It’s reported that presidential aide Hope Hicks has coronavirus. In Ohio, 11 counties are now under red alert in the state’s coronavirus advisory system: Clermont, Hamilton, Muskingum and Richland were moved to red as the total increased from nine a week ago. Continuing in red: Ashland, Butler, Mercer, Montgomery, Pike, Putnam and Scioto counties. Dropping from red to orange were Delaware and Stark counties. Cuyahoga County remains at orange for the seventh straight week. Ohio reports 1,327 cases while Cleveland has 21 new cases. Also, Ohio reports 440 new cases in public and private K-12 schools this week. The 284 new cases in students and 156 new cases in staff bring cumulative numbers to 806 student cases and 468 staff cases. A PLOS Medicine study released today finds 78% of people experiencing recent loss of smell or taste tested positive for Covid antibodies. And 40% of them did not have fever or cough, symptoms of the virus.

Oct. 2: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (above, bottom right photo) have tested positive for coronavirus. Later, the 74-year-old president was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Each Saturday morning, we recap events and stats regarding coronavirus. Here are our past recaps:

Coronavirus timeline: Restrictions mount throughout Northeast Ohio

Coronavirus timeline March 21-27

Coronavirus timeline March 28-April 3

Coronavirus timeline April 4-10

Coronavirus timeline April 11-17

Coronavirus timeline April 18-24

Coronavirus timeline April 25-May 1

Coronavirus timeline May 2-8

Coronavirus timeline May 9-15

Coronavirus timeline May 16-22

Coronavirus timeline May 23-29

Coronavirus timeline May 30-June 5

Coronavirus timeline June 6-12

Coronavirus timeline June 13-19

Coronavirus timeline June 20-July 3

Coronavirus timeline July 4-10

Coronavirus timeline July 11-17

Coronavirus timeline July 18-24

Coronavirus timeline July 25-31

Coronavirus timeline Aug. 1-7

Coronavirus timeline Aug. 8-14

Coronavirus timeline Aug. 15-28

Coronavirus timeline Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Coronavirus timeline Sept. 5-11

Coronavirus timeline Sept. 12-18

Coronavirus timeline Sept. 19-25

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