Ohio’s new coronavirus cases top 1,000 for first time in week

Dayton area restaurants on Thursday, May 21, 2020, can open their inside dining to the public following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. JIM NOELKER/STAFF PHOTO

More than 1,000 coronavirus were reported in Ohio on Friday for the first time in a week, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The state has seen 148,894 total cases and 4,734 deaths during the pandemic. Nineteen deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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Daily case numbers remained below the 1,000 mark for most of the week, with the day-21 average daily cases dipping to 974.

Gov. Mike DeWine noted Thursday that Ohio is heading in the right direction and that he hopes the numbers continue to decrease.

The ODH reported 76 hospitalizations and 15 ICU admissions Friday. There have been 15,127 hospitalizations and 3,243 ICU admissions in the state since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Aging announced that indoor visits at nursing homes and assisted living facilities can resume starting Oct. 12. Facilities will be required to keep logs of all visitors and will have a designated visitation area.

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Two visitors are allowed per resident per visit and they must wear a mask. Visits will be limited to 30 minutes and should be scheduled in advanced.

Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy said it’s important to remember that just because indoor visits are allowed doesn’t mean people should be less cautious. Visitors should continue to wash their hands frequently, social distance and stay home if they are sick.

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