Butler, Montgomery counties make top 10 list for new coronavirus cases

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Butler and Montgomery counties were in the top 10 Ohio counties for new coronavirus cases by population for the second week in a row.

While Montgomery County was second in the state last week, Butler County ranked second Tuesday.

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From Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, 943 new cases were reported in Butler County, or 246.1 cases per 100,000 residents, according to new state data.

Montgomery County was fifth in the last week with 1,044 new cases, or 196.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Last week Gov. Mike DeWine noted that cases at Miami University and University of Dayton were contributing to surges in their respective counties.

Mercer, Shelby, Auglaize and Darke also made the list at fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth in the state respectively.

Putnam County was the highest in the state with 102 new cases reported and 301.2 cases per 100,000.

In his press conference Tuesday, DeWine addressed a rumor about a non-congregate sheltering order that some claimed meant children could be separated from their families without permission.

“This is not in our order, and there is no truth to the rumor,” he said. “Families will not be separated, and kids will not be away from their loved ones.”

The order, which has been renewed multiple times during the pandemic, was signed to allow the state to qualify for federal funding to help reimburse those who create a place for people to quarantine safely.

DeWine noted that it has been used a few times in Ohio and that it gives people the option to find a space where they can quarantine and recover safely from the virus.

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Dr. Aaron Hamilton, Cleveland Clinic associate chief safety and quality officer, discussed what Ohioans should weigh when thinking about whether or not to attend an event during the pandemic.

He said that people should look at how much time, space and people are involved, as well as whether or not the event is indoors or outdoors. Hamilton also stressed the importance of frequent hand washing and wearing a mask.

Just more than 650 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Ohio on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 131,992 since the pandemic began about seven months ago, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Deaths from COVID-19 in Ohio increased by 22 Tuesday for a total of 4,298.

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Eighty hospitalizations and eight new ICU admissions were reported Tuesday. Throughout the pandemic, 13,967 hospitalizations and 3,042 ICU admissions have been recorded.

Tuesday is the first day parents and staff are able to notify their school of any positive cases of the virus. Under a public health order signed Friday, schools are required to create a reporting system for parents.

Starting Sept. 15, school districts will report student and staff cases to their local health department every Tuesday. The health departments will then notify ODH of cases, which will be posted on the state coronavirus website every Thursday.

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Last week the governor urged Ohioans to celebrate the Labor Day weekend in a safe manner and to avoid large gatherings.

In the weeks following Fourth of July celebrations, the state saw an increase of coronavirus cases, including its highest daily number of cases reported at the end of the July.

Ohio health officials are hoping to avoid a similar jump after Labor Day weekend.

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