COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that several counties in southwest Ohio, including Hamilton and Warren counties, are showing a “worrisome” increase in COVID-19 cases.
In Hamilton County, the top three zip codes are 45231, 45240, 45238.
In Warren County, the top two zip codes are 45036 and 45040.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there have been 43,122 coronavirus cases and 2,633 deaths in the state.
DeWine says the Ohio National Guard will assist in five counties with the rising numbers: Hamilton, Warren, Montgomery, Greene, and Clark.
He says there will be an increase in pop-up testing in those areas.
DeWine said there are many more COVID-19 pop-up testing locations coming to the state. You can also find a list of testing and community health centers statewide here.
Testing at pop-up sites is free, and citizens are not required to live in the community where the pop-up site is located to receive a test.
“We’re in a new phase where we need to be aggressive. We need to test more. We have the ability to test more,” DeWine said.
The governor says the increases in southwest Ohio show the coronavirus is still here and we need to continue to take precautions.
“This is a work in progress. We cannot declare victory. This is something we have to continue to work on every day,” he said.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Ohio contact sports can resume on Monday, June 22.
Football, lacrosse and other contact sports can resume scrimmages and full training regimens as long as safety protocols are observed.
“Remember, June 22nd is the day contact practice may begin, but it will be up to local sports organizers and high school leaders on when it is the best time to proceed,” Husted said.
Training guidance will be available online.
Earlier this week, DeWine announced he’ll have recommendations for schools from the Departments of Education and Health next week, but most decisions will be made by local school boards.
He also announced June 16 was the first day that the state has had to borrow money to meet its unemployment obligation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio has requested $3.1 billion in borrowing authority from the U.S. Department of Labor.
“That total exceeds what we think we will need to pay out in benefits. It is essentially a line of credit, so we asked for greater authority than we currently think that we will need so that we have it just in case we need it,” DeWine said.
Additionally, DeWine signed an executive order that expands the definition of good cause throughout the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Good Cause now includes the following situations:
- A medical professional recommends that an individual not return to work because that person falls into a category that is considered high-risk for catching COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their employee cannot offer teleworking options.
- The employee is 65 years of age or older.
- There is tangible evidence of a health and safety violation by the employer that does not allow the employee to practice social distancing, hygiene, and wearing personal protective equipment.
- The individual has been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and subject to a quarantine period as prescribed by a medical or health professional.
- The individual must stay home to care for a family member who is suffering from COVID-19 or subject to a prescribed quarantine period by a medical or health professional.