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Nov 12, 2020

On the heels of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide address Wednesday night, Hamilton County health officials gave an update on the county’s rising COVID-19 cases.Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said the county saw 4,000 new cases over the past week. Driehaus said the increase in cases over the last week alone was the same as the first three months combined following the announcement of the county’s first case in March. “This should be an alarm bell,” Driehaus said.The commissioner shared a chart detailing low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk activities to be aware of and follow for upcoming holidays gatherings. Low-risk activities include video chats, eating in a garage or covered tent or only spending holidays with people in your house. The medium-risk category included meal drop offs, Friendsgiving events with roommates or treating your house like a restaurant if people outside your bubble come.High-risk options to avoid include poorly planned gatherings, inviting someone to your home who doesn’t care about COVID-19 or treating the gathering like normal.Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said the county is still seeing a significant increase in cases, with each Friday over the past few weeks breaking the county’s worst day on record.Kesterman said hospitalization numbers remaining consistent is the only metric that is keeping Hamilton County from going purple on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist. The health commissioner however did say that hospitalizations in the region, combining Butler, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Hamilton counties have skyrocketed. During a statewide address Wednesday, DeWine again threatened to close the state’s bars, restaurants and fitness centers if coronavirus trends continue.One week from Thursday, the state will reassess its numbers, the governor said. If trends continue to worsen, that could spell out additional closures across the state.The governor has consistently said that a second round of business closures would prove disastrous financially for the state. However, the governor noted increasingly worsening numbers across the state, saying he will do what is necessary to keep Ohioans safe.

On the heels of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide address Wednesday night, Hamilton County health officials gave an update on the county’s rising COVID-19 cases.

Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said the county saw 4,000 new cases over the past week. Driehaus said the increase in cases over the last week alone was the same as the first three months combined following the announcement of the county’s first case in March.

“This should be an alarm bell,” Driehaus said.

The commissioner shared a chart detailing low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk activities to be aware of and follow for upcoming holidays gatherings.

Low-risk activities include video chats, eating in a garage or covered tent or only spending holidays with people in your house.

The medium-risk category included meal drop offs, Friendsgiving events with roommates or treating your house like a restaurant if people outside your bubble come.

High-risk options to avoid include poorly planned gatherings, inviting someone to your home who doesn’t care about COVID-19 or treating the gathering like normal.

Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said the county is still seeing a significant increase in cases, with each Friday over the past few weeks breaking the county’s worst day on record.

Kesterman said hospitalization numbers remaining consistent is the only metric that is keeping Hamilton County from going purple on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist.

The health commissioner however did say that hospitalizations in the region, combining Butler, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Hamilton counties have skyrocketed.

During a statewide address Wednesday, DeWine again threatened to close the state’s bars, restaurants and fitness centers if coronavirus trends continue.

One week from Thursday, the state will reassess its numbers, the governor said. If trends continue to worsen, that could spell out additional closures across the state.

The governor has consistently said that a second round of business closures would prove disastrous financially for the state. However, the governor noted increasingly worsening numbers across the state, saying he will do what is necessary to keep Ohioans safe.

 

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