COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Tuesday marked the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the state since late July, Gov. Mike DeWine said.
The 1,453 cases serve as a “stark reminder that this virus has not gone away and it continues to spread in our communities,” the governor said.
DeWine says the belief is that the increase is due, in part, to students returning to college campuses and the classroom.
The governor reminded people to be careful with the upcoming Labor Day holiday.
DeWine referenced the Fourth of July weekend, saying Ohio averaged around 1,500 new COVID-19 cases per day in the weeks following the holiday.
“As you consider gathering with family and friends this weekend, please remember that COVID-19 still represents a significant risk to the lives and livelihoods of citizens in Ohio,” he said.
DeWine announced that Butler County is now among the top 10 counties with the highest COVID-19 occurrence based on population.
The numbers released by the governor on Tuesday show Butler County had 663 cases between Aug. 17-30.
Butler County’s cases per 100,000 people between those dates were 173, the data showed.