Public Health provides update on COVID-19 response after sudden rise in cases

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Jeff Cooper, health commissioner of Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County, laid out the situation for the county after a sudden rise in positive cases of COVID-19.

Montgomery County has seen 9,487 confirmed cases and has spent the longest time in the red out of all counties in Ohio. At this time, the county is exceeding the states positivity rate at 4.5%.

“What’s frustrating is we were headed in the right direction for multiple months,” Cooper said.

Now, Cooper said as a community the county is headed in the wrong direction.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said if people taking advantage of the DORA in the Oregon District don’t follow state guidelines, like social distancing and wearing a mask, they will shut it down a week early.

“I want these businesses to stay open but I’m not going to do it at the risk of affecting our health care system and people’s lives,” said Whaley.

Both events were organized to help get small businesses back on their feet after being financially drained from the pandemic and with two weeks left to have the events, some businesses said they agree with the mayor.

“Social responsbility outweighs selling a few dishes so we’re on board and supports anything she decides,” said Salar General Manager Brandi Perrine. “Making sure everyone is safe and healthy is way more important than one extended weekend of patio seating for us.”

Perrine said that all businesses within the district are all on the same page when it comes to enforcing guidelines and encourages the community to jump on board.

Public Health will also be at the Oregon District in full force this weekend to reinforce the mayor’s request. If they observe too many people disobeying the state guidelines, then they will recommend shutting down the DORA for its last weekend.

Sarah Hackenbracht , CEO of the Dayton Hospital Association, said that we are currently seeing the highest number of hospitalization since the pandemic started. However, the peak of cases has not translated to an increase of patients in ICUs or patients on ventilators.

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