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Butler County coronavirus cases increase to 20, no deaths reported

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Butler County increased from 19 to 20 today, but no deaths have been reported.

Butler County Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer started posting the number of positive cases on the health district’s website every afternoon.

Tomorrow morning, Bailer will be participating in a press conference at the Government Service Center in Hamilton to give residents an update on steps being taken by the county to battle the spread of the potentially deadly disease.

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Bailer told the Journal-News it is critical that people start understanding the gravity of the situation. She said the state director of public health says Ohio has seven to 10 days to get the spread “as much under control as possible,” to avoid more severe consequences.

“My message for people now is stay the heck at home,” she said. “Help us to flatten the curve and decrease the number of people who get sick with this disease. People need to stay home.”

Bailer noted there could be more patients with the disease because there are private entities doing testing and might not have reported cases.

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