The state reported 1,560 new COVID-19 cases Friday, which is Ohio’s second-highest daily total since the coronavirus pandemic began.
There have been 81,746 cases and 3,297 deaths from the novel coronavirus as of Friday, the Ohio Department of Health reported.
Of the total, 77,309 cases and 3,039 deaths are test-confirmed to be due to coronavirus. The ODH estimates that 56,823 people have recovered.
This week, Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide order requiring masks in public, which went into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Masks must be worn at all times when indoors at a location that is not a residence, outdoors when unable to keep maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in your household and when waiting for, riding, driving or operating public transportation such as a taxi, car service or private ride share company.
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DeWine provided exceptions to the order: those younger than 10, anyone with a medical condition or disability or communicating with someone with a disability, those who are exercising or playing sports, officiating a religious service, actively involved in public safety and those who are actively eating or drinking are not required to wear a mask.
“Wearing masks will make a difference. It will determine what our fall looks like,” DeWine said. “We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports — to do that, it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask.”
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