Ohio sees increase in coronavirus cases in young adults


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Ohio Department of Health said there were 58,904 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the beginning of the outbreak, resulting in 2,970 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 948 cases, 43 deaths, 134 hospitalizations and 24 intensive care admissions were reported to the state health department.

DeWine announced a mask mandate for the seven counties in the red level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System: Trumbull, Huron, Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton, Cuyahoga and Franklin.

Ohio health officials told the governor the virus is spreading at large family gatherings, graduation parties, birthday parties and funerals. In some cases, it’s spreading in the workplace.

DeWine said we are seeing more young people who are getting very sick. There’s also concern that they are passing COVID-19 onto those who are at higher risk.

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:

  • Franklin: 10,587
  • Cuyahoga: 8,048
  • Hamilton: 6,158
  • Lucas: 2,788
  • Marion: 2,734

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:

  • Franklin: 431
  • Cuyahoga: 379
  • Lucas: 303
  • Mahoning: 238
  • Summit: 207

Last week, the governor introduced the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System, a color-coded system for coronavirus risk in the state’s 88 counties.

The seven indicators are new cases per capita, sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases that are not in congregate settings, sustained increase in COVID-19-related emergency room visits, sustained increase in COVID-19 outpatient visits including telehealth, sustained increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy.

Level One: County has triggered zero or one of the indicators. There is active exposure and spread. Currently, 53 counties.

Level Two: County has triggered two or three indicators. There is increased risk of exposure and spread. Currently, 28 counties.

Level Three: County has triggered four or five indicators. There is very high exposure and spread. Currently, seven counties: Trumbull, Huron, Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton, Cuyahoga and Franklin.

Level Four: County has triggered six or seven indicators. There is severe exposure and spread. Currently, zero counties.

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