COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday afternoon.
The Ohio Department of Health said there have been 152,907 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 4,783 deaths since the pandemic began. It is presumed that 131,708 people have recovered.
In the last 24 hours, 1,105 cases, 37 deaths, 106 hospitalizations and 13 intensive care unit admissions were reported to the state health department.
DeWine gave an example of coronavirus spread at a gathering. He said 11 people tested positive after a wedding in a rural county. The bride and groom were among those who became ill, and a couple weeks later, one of the grandparents died, DeWine said.
“It’s just a heartbreaking situation. We tell them so that other families won’t have the same heartbreak,” DeWine said. “This occurs when people are getting together in groups, you’re with friends, you’re with family and people just let their guard down.”
The governor shared some of the state’s findings into testing wastewater for COVID-19 gene fragments. The program currently operates in 36 cities with 25 more coming.
Rebecca Fugitt, assistant chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection, joined the governor via video.
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