5 things to know about coronavirus tonight: Cases pass 31,000, Dayton residents live alone

It is Sunday, May 24, 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today.

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Cases pass 31,000, deaths hit nearly 2,000

There are 31,408 cases of coronavirus and 1,956 deaths from COVID-19 in Ohio as of Saturday, May 23. 

29,288 cases and 1,756 deaths are confirmed by the Ohio Department of Health. The rest fall under guidelines from the Center for Disease Control that enable the state to report cases without testing for the virus.
>> 31,408 cases, 1,956 deaths from coronavirus in Ohio

President Trump declares churches essential

President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.

>> Trump declares churches ‘essential,’ calls on them to reopen

Garden business is thriving

Local garden centers are reporting a record year during the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, the businesses reported that growers are having trouble keeping up with demand. Plants that are especially popular include vegetable plants like tomatoes and peppers.

>> Local garden centers see ‘record-breaking’ sales amid pandemic

Dayton ranks third in nation for living solo

Dayton has one of the highest rates of residents who live alone in the nation, which mental health experts say could make it more likely local residents could suffer emotionally during this time of physical distancing and social separation. Mental health professionals say loneliness and isolation could increase as Ohioans stay home, avoid face-to-face contact and countless businesses and social activities are shut down.

>> Alone during coronavirus: Dayton ranks 3rd in U.S. for living solo

How you can help

If you want to do something to aid the community as this pandemic continues, there are a number of ways you can do so. We have compiled a list of organizations that are asking for help.

>> HOW TO HELP

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