Ohio shows big increase in COVID-19 cases, DeWine says

Updated: Jun. 25, 2020 at 1:51 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is seeing a big increase in positive coronavirus cases.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 47,651 cases and 2,772 deaths.

There were 892 more cases reported since Wednesday and hospitalizations are up.

The governor says almost 60% of cases are in the 20 to 49-year-old range.

The average age of people infected in March was 51. So far in June, that number has decreased to 42.

There has also been a shift in younger people driving an increase in cases, DeWine said.

Ohio age distribution
Ohio age distribution(The Health Collaborative)

“We have increased testing, but we do not believe this increase in cases is completely due to testing,” he said.

DeWine says the uptick in cases is being seen in the region around Hamilton County, including Butler and Clermont counties.

The effective reproduction ratio, also known as R naught, measures how many people will be infected by a sick person.

The R naught reached 2.4 in the area in April but in recent weeks the number declined to below one.

However, in the last 10 days, the R naught has doubled over the last 10 days in the Cincinnati region.

“The increase isn’t just because we’re doing more tests. There is an increased spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Dr. Richard Lofgren of UC Health said. “We can safely live with it if we are vigilant and understand the importance of social distancing, universal use of masks, washing hands, and sanitizing.”

The governor says that Kroger has two new testing locations in Dayton and Cincinnati.

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.

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