- Case numbers show an increase
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has revealed that the average age of people infected by coronavirus in the state has decreased from 51 to 42 years with current case numbers showing a big increase.
“The average age of people infected in March was 51. So far in June, that number has decreased to 42,” said Governor Mike DeWine during Thursday’s COVID19 briefing.
“Today’s case numbers are showing a big increase. Almost 60% of cases are in the 20-49-year-old range.”
He said that testing has increased “but we do not believe this increase in cases is completely due to testing. Hospitalizations are also up.”
Speaking at the update, Cincinnati-based Dr. Richard Lofgren said “this uptick reminds us of the importance of safety measures. This virus continues to live in our communities, but we can safely live with it if we are vigilant and understand the importance of social distancing, universal use of masks, washing hands, and sanitizing.”
“The increase isn’t just because we’re doing more tests. There is an increased spread of COVID19 in our communities.”
On advising Vice President Mike Pence to wear mask in his visit to Ohio, Governor DeWine said, “he is the Vice President of the United States. I am not going to tell him what to do. He knows what to do He’s done phenomenal job. We will continue to reach Ohioans to wear mask. It is the right thing to do. It is a patriotic thing to do.”
“If 80 percent of people wear mask the spread is going to decrease. No doubt in my position or with what the medical science said that we can get through this. We’ve to get this virus down. Wear mask. If the vast majority of Ohioans do this, we will get this down. We are going to increase testing.”