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Ohio coronavirus update: 14,694 cases, 656 deaths; Information shared about spread of COVID-19

Ohio State University Dr. Mark Weir went in-depth as to how the germs can infect others through cross contamination on certain surfaces.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted are holding a news conference at the Ohio Statehouse with the latest update on the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are now 14,694 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state. 656 people have died and another 2,960 are hospitalized. 

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Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton did not take part in today's briefing. DeWine said she was getting a well-deserved day off. In her place, DeWine welcomed Ohio State University Dr. Mark H. Weir to discuss how certain surfaces can contribute to the spread of coronavirus.

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Weir repeated the consensus that COVID-19 is primarily spread through droplets from coughing or sneezing, but went more in-depth as to how the germs can infect others through cross contamination on certain surfaces. For example, is a person with the virus coughs or sneezes into their hand and then touches a surface, the germs can live for a certain amount of time on that surface, allowing anyone who touches it and then their face to possibly become infected.

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