5 things to know about the coronavirus today: Ohio hits new record of cases, pop-up testing tomorrow

Members of Montgomery County Public Health and the Ohio National Guard help with pop-up testing Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at Kettering Fields, 444 North Bend Blvd. Results from the latest coronavirus pop-up testing site are expected in a more timely manner and results are accessible online to patients, following a switch to a new laboratory. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

It is Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, and these are five things to know about the coronavirus today.

Ohio reaches a new case record

Ohio reached a new record of coronavirus cases reported in a day with a total of 2,234 new cases reported today, the Ohio State Health Department reported. There have been 180,225 cases and 5,067 deaths from coronavirus reported in Ohio as of Saturday, October 17. 13 new deaths have been reported. Today marks the fourth day in a row when Ohio has reported over 2,000 new cases.

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Pop-up testing in Montgomery County on Monday

There will be a walk-up, pop-up coronavirus testing event on Monday at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Road in Jefferson Township. Testing will be from noon to 5 p.m., with no appointments or doctor’s note needed. Anyone can be tested, and tests are offered at no cost.

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Oregon District businesses urge visitors to follow rules

After Dayton public health officials threatened to shut down outdoor drinking and the Fifth Street pedestrian promenade if public health guidelines aren’t followed, Oregon District businesses and downtown leaders are urging visitors to follow safety rules. Business owners and managers said they hope visitors will be more careful, as the businesses are relying on outdoor drinking and dining to push sales up toward normal levels.

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Dayton is inviting creative people to join drive-thru holiday parade

The organizers of Dayton’s first Holiday Drive-Thru Parade are inviting members of the public to submit pitches for lighted displays, performances or creations of interest to include in the parade’s five-block route. Pitches are due by Oct. 23 to the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

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The Department of Health revised its senior center orders

The Ohio Department of Health has announced a revised version of its order reopening adult day care services and senior centers. The changes drop a requirement that all participants and staff be tested for the coronavirus, and clarify that all participants should wear face coverings.

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