DeWine: Continue to exercise caution as COVID-19 cases rise, Labor Day approaches


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



“Today’s case numbers are the highest we’ve seen since the end of July,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday afternoon update. “We believe this is due, in part, to schools and colleges returning to class.

“We must continue to do all we can to protect each other from COVID-19,” he added

The state reported 124,610 total cases as of the Tuesday afternoon update, up 1,453 from the previous day. There have been 4,165 reported deaths due to COVID-19. There have been 13,479 reported hospitalizations including 2,975 ICU admissions.

DeWine urged Ohioans to continue to exercise caution, especially when it comes to gatherings with Labor Day weekend upcoming.

“Remember, in the weeks after July 4th, we averaged close to 1,500 cases per day – we believe in large part because of Independence Day gatherings.”

He also offered two recent examples of how COVID-19 can be transmitted. “A large golf outing was held in Putnam County on August 21. There are now at least 10 cases associated with the event,” he said. “In Trumbull County, three family members invited a neighbor over for a card game. The neighbor got sick the next day. The three family members have also tested positive – and two of them have passed it on to their spouses.

“Please stay safe this weekend.”

Locally

The Clinton County Health District reports, as of the late afternoon Monday update, 194 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 53 probable ones for a total of 247 (143 females and 104 males ages under 1 to 96), of which 179 are classified as recovered. There are 50 active cases with nine people currently hospitalized (of 37 overall hospitalized during the pandemic).

There have been nine coronavirus-related deaths, the CCHD reports.

By comparison, about five weeks ago on July 27, Clinton County’s numbers were: 134 total cases (105 confirmed and 29 probable) with five deaths, according to the CCHD.

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By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com