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Coronavirus: 55,257 total cases, 2,903 deaths reported in Ohio

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As of Friday, there have been 55,257 total cases of coronavirus reported in Ohio and 2,903 total deaths attributed to the virus, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Just over 1,000 new cases were reported, about a 50% increase from the average of 706. Hospitalizations were down with 46 reported. The average new hospitalizations reported each day is 60, according to the ODH.

The state is reporting 51,581 confirmed cases and 2,653 confirmed deaths.

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There have been 8,084 hospitalizations and 2,044 ICU admission in Ohio due to the virus.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a new alert system aimed at informing Ohioans about the risk of coronavirus exposure in each county.

The color-coded system has four levels of increasing severity based off how many data indicators are met in that county.

Indicators include sustained increases in new coronavirus hospital admissions, sustained increase in new cases and new cases per capita.

>> Montgomery, Butler counties on high alert for COVID-19 cases

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As of June 30, no counties meet enough indicators for Level 4, the most severe level. Both Montgomery and Butler counties are in Level 3, the second most severe county.

DeWine also announced guidelines for K-12 schools Thursday.

Staff will be required to wear face masks whereas the state is recommending masks for students in third grade and up.

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Other guidelines include social distancing, frequently washing and sanitizing hands and disinfecting and sanitizing schools.[Summary]