Coronavirus: 128,444 total cases, 4,248 deaths reported in Ohio

There have been 128,444 total cases of coronavirus and 4,248 deaths attributed to the virus in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

More than 1,300 cases and 22 deaths were reported Friday.

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On Thursday, deaths increased by the 50, the most since June, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

Nineteen ICU admissions were reported Friday for a total of 3,022. Hospitalizations totaled 13,731 with 68 new admissions reported.

As of yesterday, Butler, Mercer, Montgomery and Preble counties are at level 3, based off the state’s public health advisory system. Champaign county was at level 1, with the rest of the Miami Valley region at level 2.

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Gov. Mike DeWine said that outbreaks on college campuses, including Miami University and University of Dayton, were contributing to the alert statuses in their respective counties.

The governor also further discussed an order requiring schools to create a reporting system where parents can notify districts of confirmed coronavirus cases.

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Parents and guardians should start reporting cases to schools beginning Sept. 8. On Sept. 15, schools will start reporting student and staff cases to local health departments every Tuesday. The state will then post cases by school district or school on its coronavirus website each Thursday.

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