Coronavirus: Is your zip code part of ‘worrisome’ increase in cases?

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While Ohio has seen a downward trend of coronavirus cases, the Miami Valley is seeing an increase, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.

The governor identified counties with “worrisome” trends as Montgomery, Greene, Warren and Clark, and he revealed which zip codes are seeing the biggest increases.

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In Montgomery County, the top zip codes are 45424, 45417 and 45426; in Greene County the top zip codes are 45324 and 45385; in Clark County the top zip codes are 45505, 45506 and 45503; and in Warren County the top zip codes are 45036 and 45040.

“If you live in those zip codes, that should be a warning to you,” DeWine said.

People who live in those zip codes should take extra care and be aware that community spread of the virus is more common in their area.

To counteract an increase in cases, residents in the Miami Valley will see an increase in Ohio National Guard assistance and more testing locations.

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Pop-up testing will be available in Xenia on June 24 at the Greene County Health Center and in Dayton on June 25 at the Samaritan Health Center.

The governor noted that just because a care facility or workplace is seeing an outbreak of the virus doesn’t mean that they are doing anything wrong.

It just means that somebody with coronavirus brought it into the facility, DeWine said.

The governor added that he will be in contact with mayors in areas with hot spots to monitor the situation.

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The state is also seeing an increase in children testing positive for coronavirus.

Dr. Amy Edwards said some of the increase is from an increase in testing, however, there are more symptomatic children.

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 43,122 total cases and 39,973 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

There have been 2,633 total deaths and 2,401 confirmed deaths in Ohio contributed to the virus.

Throughout the pandemic, the ODH has reported 7,104 hospitalizations and 1,087 ICU admissions.

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The governor announced a new hospital personal protection equipment readiness stockpile. The stockpile will be compiled and stored by Ohio hospitals throughout the state and distributed to residents and staff at long-term care facilities if they see a spike in cases.

Sports can resume contact practices and scrimmages starting June 22, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said.

Contact sports, such as football and lacrosse, can resume scrimmages and full training as long as safety guidelines are followed.

DeWine previously announced that guidelines for K-12 schools would be coming in the next few days. He said the guidelines will be flexible and leave local school districts to make most decisions.

Starting tomorrow, racinos, casinos, water parks and amusement parks can reopen.

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