In Montgomery County, the number of COVID-19 cases reported was 433 at the time of the last county press conference on May 12, and the total number of cases is now 1,118.
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“That’s about a 150 percent increase in cases,” Cooper said of the increase over the last five weeks as Ohio’s economy has started to reopen and testing capacity has increased.
“That’s not unanticipated,” he said. “That’s what we’ve expected.”
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Gov. Mike DeWine discussed the spike in COVID-19 cases during his afternoon press conference from the Statehouse. He noted that data shows the highest increase in cases are in Huber Heights, Riverside, parts of Dayton and Trotwood.
What is particularly concerning is the coronavirus data as it relates to race, Cooper said.
There is one case for every 556 Montgomery County residents, but when broken down by race, there is one case for every 347 black residents and one case for every 866 white residents, he said.
“Clearly, we have a racial disparity in testing and outcomes,” Cooper said.