DeWine: Upward COVID-19 trend in southwest Ohio is ‘worrisome’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor DeWine said Thursday that an upward trend in COVID-19 cases in southwest Ohio, including the Dayton region, is “worrisome.”

Recent data from the state shows that cases have been increasing in Montgomery County from May 25 to June 13. The governor also noted that mobility in the county is up, even surpassing pre-coronavirus levels. He notes this could be due to the time of year and the nice weather.

Areas of Huber Heights, Riverside, parts of Dayton, and Trotwood are seeing the highest number of cases in the county, state data shows.

As of Thursday afternoon, 1,118 cases of COVID-19 were reported to the state out of Montgomery County, leading to 229 hospitalizations and 18 deaths.

In Greene County, cases have been increasing from June 2 to June 14. Fairborn and Xenia are seeing the most cases.

Cases have been increasing in Clark County from June 13 to June 16, and in Warren County, an increase was seen between May 18 and June 8. The governor noted that 95 percent of the workers affected by a hot spot at the Dole plant live in Clark County.

In response to these hot spots, DeWine says the state will increase testing availability and provide more pop-up sites across the state overall. The Ohio National Guard will be called into these counties more heavily to help with increased testing. 

DeWine is encouraging residents to keep getting tested and offered details about pop-up testing locations in Ohio including: 

  • Dayton – June 25
    Samaritan Health Center
    921 S Edwin C Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45417
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cincinnati – June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
    CityLink Center
    800 Bank Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Middletown – June 17
    Centerpoint Health Community Building Institute
    800 Lafayette Ave.  Middletown, OH 45044
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Elyria – June 19
    Lorain County Health & Dentistry
    Elyria City Hall Parking Lot
    131 Court Street
    Elyria, Ohio 44035
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Portsmouth – June 24
    Compass Community Health Center
    1634 11th Street
    Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Xenia – June 24
    Greene County Health Center
    360 Wilson Drive
    Xenia, Ohio 45385
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County held a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss a recent rise in cases they say are linked to increased testing and businesses reopening.

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