Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know Friday – WHIO Radio

by admin on June 25, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine continues to focus on tested for the coronavirus, stressing his directive that counties were positive cases are spiking will get the attention of his congregant care teams that include members of the Ohio National Guard who are medical specialists.

DeWine also expressed concern that the average age of cases in Ohio continues to drop as the state experienced its fourth highest daily total of new cases. Thursday, approximately 60 percent of the new cases involved Ohioans between ages 20 and 49, the governor said.

Even though the numbers are spiking in southwest Ohio,DeWine said he does not plan to enact a mask requirement for counties where the trend is moving upward. UC Health CEO Dr. Richard Lofgren said people can live safely with the virus, as long as social distancing and disinfecting practices continue to be followed.

Lofgren said there isn’t much data yet to support a specific reason to why younger adults are seeing an increase in cases. “This virus is having a bit of a comeback. The positivity rate in younger adults also suggests some more spreading in the community,” he said.

There isn’t much data yet to support a specific reason to why younger adults are seeing an increase in cases, Lofgren said, but said contract tracing will likely uncover that information.

DeWine said he has spoken with Mayor Nan Whaley about a plan to bring more testing to the Dayton area. Thursday, 1,317 tests were administered at a pop-up site on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Five Riverss Health Centers said. Wednesday, 975 tests were administered at a Greene County pop-up testing site.

Pop-up testing sites (Courtesy/Ohio Department of Health)

Some things you ought to know today:

  • The state also had its highest testing totals in the state this week, with the positive rate for those tests hovering around 5 percent.

By Humana

Getting a test for COVID-19 is easy, free, and painless! The swab feels a little like getting water up your nose – but nothing worse. If you’re experiencing symptoms, have been exposed, or have been around large groups, look out for free testing sites around the area.

— Nan Whaley (@nanwhaley) June 25, 2020

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  • Ohio 2-1-1: The Ohio Department of Health will continue funding for the valuable 2-1-1 service as Ohio enters into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, DeWine said. 2-1-1 is a phone service that connects thousands of Ohioans to local non-profit and government services for health care, food and meals, housing, transportation, mental health, and legal services. At the beginning of the year, the service was available in 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties. When the pandemic began, Ohio EMA asked Ohio AIRS, the non-profit that governs Ohio 2-1-1, to provide service to the remaining 37 counties in Ohio, which happened in March. “The 2-1-1 service is particularly important for those most vulnerable in our state who have been hit by COVID-19 the hardest.” Ohioans can also dial 877-721-8476 to get connected to 2-1-1.
  • American-made PPE: U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, Democrat and Rob Portman, Republican, are urging the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) to prioritize the procurement of American-made PPE, and to consider comprehensive measures to incentivize the reshoring of additional PPE production back to the United States. “Made-in-America PPE is absolutely vital to the success of our pandemic response,” the senators said in their letter.
  • AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS: Two public awareness campaigns are being launched, aimed at spreading awareness of COVID-19 prevention measures. The 15-second ads, provided by the Ohio Department of Health, will air for three weeks on broadcast, cable, and social media across the state. The PSAs feature Ohio health care professionals.
  • BLACKS, ALZHEIMER’S & COVID-19: The Alzheimer’s Association and The Center for Closing the Health Gap will present a COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall from 4-5 p.m. on June 27, to focus on the impact of the virus on African Americans. The theme of the program is “The Impact of COVID-19 on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” The hour-long event is free. To join the town hall, visit: The event will be available through Zoom and FBLive@CloseHealthGap.

LATEST STATE DATA: As of Thursday afternoon, there have been at least 47,651 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 2,772 deaths, and 7,502 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The case increase from yesterday is 892. There were 17 new deaths reported and 55 new hospitalizations.

Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.

Of the state’s positive cases, 11% are from Ohio’s prisons. At those prisons, there has been an increase in testing.

The state reported 15,513 new tests on Thursday, bringing the total people tested in the state to 696,200.

In the state, 6,705 cases are health care workers, which is 14 percent of the cases.

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