Ohio coronavirus

A look at Ohio's color coded coronavirus map on Sept. 24.

Ohio's 21-day daily average is below 1,000 coronavirus cases for the first time in a significant period of time, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday in also cautioning that Ohio still is experiencing "significant spread" statewide.
 
Thursday's statewide coronavirus case number was 991 cases with 28 deaths, 74 hospitalizations and 10 ICU admissions.
 
Richland County remained in the orange under Ohio's coronavirus color-coded system. Orange is a Level 2 Public Emergency with increased coronavirus exposure and spread, according to the state's system.
 
"The population of Ohioans living in yellow counties has decreased during the past four weeks indicating that we have significant spread of the virus across the state," DeWine said in his televised briefing and on Twitter.
 
"The distribution of cases has shifted from large urban areas to medium/small counties, and interestingly, our counties that border Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia are almost exclusively red and orange," DeWine also said.
 
In Shelby on Thursday, Mayor Steve Schag reported that the Shelby City Health Department is reporting one new confirmed case of coronavirus.
 
"The department has documented a total of 59 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March," Schag said via email. "Of that cumulative number, 57 have attained recovered resolved status. The department is currently monitoring two active cases , which are home quarantined."
 
No COVID-19 deaths have been documented within the city of Shelby, Schag said.
 
"Citizens are urged to observe all COVID-19 protocols and Health Department guidelines including: sanitization, social distancing, and facial coverings," Schag said.
 
New level red counties in Ohio this week are Ashland, Delaware, Pike, Scioto and Stark. Remaining in the red are Butler, Mercer, Montgomery and Putnam counties.
 
Portage County improved from red to orange on the week.
 
The state on Thursday also issued additional guidance.
 
"We are now recommending that all residential colleges and universities regularly test a sample population of their asymptomatic students," DeWine said. "Some schools are already doing this."
 
"Screening asymptomatic students really gives college presidents and their staff an idea of the spread on their campuses," DeWine said. "Our expectation is that each campus plan to screen at least 3% of their at-risk population."
 
As colder weather approaches, updated information also was presented by Ohio Department of Aging Director
Ursel McElroy. With restrictions and guidelines, indoor visitation will be allowed to resume Oct. 12 in Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities, McElroy reported.
 
The decision will be up to the local facilities on whether to permit indoor visitation based on multiple factors such as the coronavirus case level, community hospital space and the amount of personal protective equipment available. 
 
A data dashboard will provide information that will be required to be reported by nursing homes/assisted living facilities.
 

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