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DeWine: Schools will reopen this fall

“We fully intend to have school in the fall,” Gov. Mike DeWine said a few minutes ago.

The start date for a return to in-school classes is up to local school districts, he said.

Also, the state is developing “broad guidelines” on health protocols for school districts.

“It’s a work in progress,” DeWine said.

He also announced today that all surgeries can resume.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Health announced in its 2 p.m. daily update that there were eight more COVID-19 deaths reported in Mahoning County today.

No deaths were reported today in Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Overall, there have been 289 COVID-19 deaths in Valley — 186 in Mahoning, 50 in Trumbull and 53 in Columbiana counties.

There have been 2,258 COVID-19 deaths in the state as of today, up from 2,206 Monday.

There have been 36,350 confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio as of today, up from 35,984 Monday.

There are 1,456 confirmed cases in Mahoning County as of today, up from 1,480 Monday; 584 confirmed cases in Trumbull County as of today, up from 581 Monday; and 881 confirmed cases in Columbiana County as of today, up from 875 a day earlier.

Statewide, 6,176 people have been hospitalized as of today because of the virus, up from 6,112 Monday. Of those, 1,583 people have been treated in intensive-care units as of today, up from 1,569 Monday.

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