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Valley adds two COVID-19 deaths

The Ohio Department of Health reported Wednesday more than 630 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total from 46,127 to 46,759.

As of Wednesday, the total cases reported in Ohio since the pandemic began have led to 2,755 deaths, which is an increase of 20; and 7,447 hospitalizations, which is an increase of 68. Of the hospitalizations, 1,886 were ICU admissions, marking an increase of 10.

Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine were tested for COVID-19 during Tuesday’s news conference by a member of the Ohio National Guard.

No news conference was held on Wednesday as the DeWines were touring the Lordstown Motors facility in Trumbull County.

On Tuesday, Dr. Sara Bode from Nationwide Children’s Hospital spoke at the coronavirus briefing about the steep decline in children visiting hospitals and receiving vaccines during the past few months.

The Mahoning Valley added two reported deaths Wednesday — one in Mahoning County, and one in Columbiana County.

Locally, Mahoning County saw an increase from 1,669 to 1,680 cases with the new death bringing the total to 226.

In Trumbull County, cases increased by 12 to 762 with no new deaths. Current deaths are at 56. According the Trumbull County Combined Health District, 61 people are in quarantine and being monitored. In Columbiana County, cases increased by one to 984 with one new death bringing the total to 60.

DeWine said there are some upticks in parts of the state — particularly in southwest Ohio.

Also this week, DeWine unveiled public awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 prevention measures that impact the health of people and the economy of the state.

Officials reminded people that Independence Day fireworks displays can occur, but gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. People are urged to watch the shows from their cars or at their homes if possible, he said.

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