Coronavirus: More younger Ohioans being diagnosed with virus

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Younger Ohioans are continuing to see an increase in coronavirus cases, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Tuesday.

In July, Ohioans ages 20 to 29 made up 26.4% of cases, the most of any age group. The second highest age group was 30 to 39 at 17.5%.

Though younger Ohioans are not as likely to see severe symptoms as those who are at-risk or the elderly, they can still pass it on to more vulnerable residents, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

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Contact and non-contact competition can resume for all sports, as long as health guidelines, such as daily symptom assessment and immediate isolation and care for anyone who develops symptoms, are followed as part of a short-term order issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

Other guidelines include testing for all players, coaches, athletic trainers, support staff and officials before travel and competition; face coverings for athletic trainers as they tend to a play; and strict social distancing for players not actively engaged in competition, said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

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Face coverings are strongly recommended, when possible, for coaches and officials.

The short-term order, which is approximately a week, will help the state learn more about how sports can operate and any possible guidelines that can be issued, Husted said.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a public health order requiring face coverings in seven counties with a very high risk of coronavirus exposure and spread.

People in Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Huron and Trumbull counties are required to wear masks as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

All seven counties are red alert, or Level 3, counties, based off a new alert system unveiled by DeWine Thursday.

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The alert system was created to inform residents, businesses and local officials the risk of coronavirus spread and exposure in each county.

The system has four levels of varying severity. The levels are determined by how many data indicators each county meets. The more indicators met, the higher the risk of coronavirus spread and exposure.

Under the mask order, people in those seven counties are required to wear masks while inside any location that is not a residence and while outside and unable to maintain at least 6 feet of space between others.

The order will be in effect until those counties no longer meet the indicators to be classified under red (Level 3) or purple (Level 4) alert.

“What’s going on in those counties is very frightening,” DeWine said. “But the good news is we can fight back.”

By practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and increasing testing in those regions, the governor said.

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DeWine said he’s spoken to public health officials in all seven counties to see why the virus is spreading in those regions.

The spread is attributed to large family gatherings, such as birthday and graduation parties and funerals, as well as spread at workplaces, tourist destinations and churches, DeWine said.

There have been 58,904 total cases of coronavirus and 2,970 deaths attributed to the virus in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Nearly 950 new cases were reported Tuesday.

The state is reporting 55,150 confirmed cases and 2,718 confirmed deaths as of Tuesday.

There have been 8,383 hospitalizations and 2,101 ICU admissions due to the virus in Ohio.

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