Coronavirus in Ohio: 729 new cases reported in a day, but numbers are down in Cuyahoga County

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – There were 729 new COVID-19 cases reported in the state of Ohio in 24 hours, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on Monday.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health said, as Gov. DeWine mentioned last week, testing in the state is now open to everyone in many places across Ohio.

“With the increase in pop-up testing sites, nursing home testing and mass testing in several areas we expected to see a slight rise in cases. However the percentage of positives tests is down. We will continue to monitor the situation while also reinforcing the message for people to wear masks when possible and social distance from others.”

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Last week, Governor DeWine said that, overall, Ohio was seeing downward trends, except for a few exceptions with some places in southern Ohio.

Locally, Kevin Brennan with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health told FOX 8’s Maia Belay on Tuesday that coronavirus cases in Cuyahoga County have been on a downward cycle over the past three weeks. He said those numbers do not include the City of Cleveland.

Brennan said Cuyahoga County saw a peak of 484 cases at the end of May (for the week ending May 29), but since that time, there has been a decline. For the week ending on June 19, the county was at 237 cases which Brennan called encouraging.

According to Brennan, those numbers are consistent with modeling that was presented by a doctor at Case Western Reserve University. Brennan said the doctor did say that throughout the course of summer, numbers would go both up and down.

What could be behind the decline? Brennan said one of the factors could be how cautious Gov. DeWine has been with reopening the state in phases.

Here’s a look at Ohio cases over the last week:

According to the Ohio Department of Health, total tests done in the state as of June 21 is 656,538. A seven-day average of tests being performed per day is 13,159.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that some states are seeing a spike in numbers due to more testing.

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