Ohio coronavirus

A look at the Sept. 10 coronavirus update.

Richland County remained in the yellow on Thursday as part of the state's color-coded coronavirus monitoring system.

The yellow represents a Level 1 public emergency with active exposure and spread of COVID-19.
 
Details were provided at Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's briefing and via Twitter when he also announced a new state health director to replace Dr. Amy Acton.
 
Dr. Joan Duwve is a native Ohioan and medical doctor with extensive experience in public health, DeWine said.
 
"She has been working for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, as the Director of Public Health at their Department of Health and Environmental Control," DeWine said.
 
"Dr. Duwve shares my passion for and commitment to children’s issues and many other pressing public health issues, including substance use treatment and prevention, lead paint awareness and remediation, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, and injury prevention," DeWine said.
 
Duwve, who did not appear at the briefing Thursday, is expected to start in Ohio about Oct. 1.
 
In the Ohio's coronavirus monitoring system update on Thursday, new red counties since last week included only Summit County. Continuing at red: Butler, Mercer, Montgomery, Preble and Putnam. Decreasing from red to orange are Lucas and Wayne counties.
 
In a separate email announcement Thursday, Shelby Mayor Steve Schag said the Shelby City Health Department is reporting one new case, due to a workplace exposure.  
 
"The department has documented a total of 57 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March," he wrote. 
 
"Of that cumulative number, 56 have attained recovered/ resolved status," Schag continued. "The department is currently monitoring this one active case, which is home quarantined. There have been no COVID-19 deaths documented within the city of Shelby."
 
"Citizens are urged to observe all COVID-19 protocols and Health Department guidelines including: sanitization, social distancing, and face coverings," Schag said. 
 
At the briefing, DeWine indicated no plans to lift statewide orders, including masks as coronavirus is "still killing people."
 
"We can't let the virus off the floor. We've got it down...If we took off mask orders tomorrow, it'll flare up..." DeWine said.
 
"We make these sacrifices so kids can go to school, so we can go to work, so we can do all those things we want to do," DeWine said.
 
"I am not going to stand up here, take off restrictions and signal to the people of Ohio this battle is over, when I know it is not," he concluded.
 
On Thursday, DeWine also focused on the upcoming flu season and importance of getting flu shots, which he, Ohio first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted received during the televised briefing.
 
"While the flu can be deadly on its own, we also are concerned that Ohioans who get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could become severely, if not fatally, ill," Gov. DeWine said. "Anyone who can get vaccinated against the flu should do so."
 
"Please get out and get your flu vaccine. I cannot stress enough how critically important it is this year," he also said. "If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider and don’t know where to get a vaccine, visit VaccineFinder.org."
 
As far as coronavirus in Ohio, DeWine cited an example of recent spread. They included two people visiting a fraternal club in Summit County and not knowing they were contagious causing spread to employees, other club members, and family members. A total of 12 people tested positive, ages 29-81 with four hospitalizations, DeWine reported.
 
"I don’t share these stories to make anyone feel bad," DeWine said. "This is a horrible situation. I don’t think any of us want to make anyone sick, but because this virus is so dangerous, we must do whatever we can to keep ourselves and others safe."

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