COLUMBUS, Ohio — This afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus with the latest information on the response to coronavirus.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, 892 new cases of coronavirus have emerged in the state in the last 24 hours. 60% of those new cases fall into the age group of 20 to 49 years old.
There are now more than 47,000 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. 2,772 people have died.
"We have increased testing, but we do not believe this increase in cases is completely due to testing," DeWine told reporters. He added that the average age of infection has decreased from 51 to 42.
In particular, Ohio has seen spikes in the Southwest portion of the state. Appearing via video, Dr. Richard P. Lofgren of UC Health said that the recent uptick in tests serves as a reminder of safety measures that need to be taken in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
"This virus continues to live in our communities, but we can safely live with it if we are vigilant and understand the importance of social distancing, universal use of masks, washing hands, and sanitizing," he said.
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