For the second straight day, Ohio health officials reported a higher number of new coronavirus cases when compared to recent weeks.
The new figures also pushed Ohio's confirmed cases since the pandemic began above 40,000.
On Friday, 609 new cases were reported in the state, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Health.
That figure was down from the 700 new cases reported Thursday, but both numbers were higher than what the state had been reporting. Throughout the last 21 days, the state had seen an average of 436 news cases reported each day, according to ODH.
Overall, Ohio has 40,549 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus during the pandemic. The state has recorded 2,430 confirmed deaths.
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Health officials reported there have been 7,167 hospitalizations and 1,820 ICU admissions during the pandemic.
Using broader definitions, the state reports a total of 43,731 suspected cases of coronavirus and 2,667 deaths attributed to the virus in Ohio.
Southwest Ohio has its share of the 1,309 new cases reported over the last two days this week.
On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said an increase an in coronavirus cases in southwest Ohio was “worrisome.”
Montgomery, Greene, Clark and Warren counties were among areas in the region that were seeing a jump in cases.
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To combat the increase, the governor said additional testing centers would available in ZIP codes with an increase in the coronavirus.
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For example, pop-up testing will be held June 24 at the Greene County Health Center in Xenia and June 25 at the Samaritan Health Center in Dayton. Testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days will be available for free and without a doctor’s order.
On Wednesday, more than 190 people were tested at a pop-up site at Centerpoint Health Community Building Institute in Middeletown.
DeWine and health officials did not conduct a press conference Friday.
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