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Virus cases stay above average for 6th straight day

For the sixth day in a row, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio was higher than average.

The state reported 590 new cases Tuesday, which is higher than the daily average of 466 cases for the past 21 days.

The number of reported cases Monday was 729, the highest it’s been since May 21.

It was 700 Thursday, 609 Friday, 546 Sunday and 531 Monday. The last time the reported cases was below the 21-day average was June 17 with 412 cases.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday: “We are seeing some upticks in parts of the state,” particularly in southwest Ohio.

Also, reported deaths were up Tuesday after posting seven COVID-19 fatalities total between Sunday and Monday.

Tuesday, the state reported 31 deaths, which is higher than the daily average of 23 for the past 21 days.

Oftentimes, reported deaths and cases lag behind actual ones.

The Mahoning Valley added three reported deaths Tuesday — one each in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Overall, the Valley has totaled 340 COVID-19 deaths as of Tuesday: 225 in Mahoning, 56 in Trumbull and 59 in Columbiana.

The state has 2,735 COVID-19 deaths as of Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There were 46,127 confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio Tuesday.

Mahoning posted 1,669 cases Tuesday, up four from Monday.

Trumbull reported 750 cases Tuesday, up 18 from Monday.

Columbiana had 983 cases Tuesday, up five from a day earlier.

COVID AWARENESS

During a Tuesday news conference, DeWine, his wife, Fran, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted were tested for COVID-19 in an effort to encourage others to do the same. Also, DeWine unveiled public awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 prevention measures that impact the health of people and the economy of the state.

One of the campaigns features Shareece Mashiska, a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, who urges people to continue to practice social distancing.

Meanwhile, Husted 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.

DeWine also talked about recent acts of vandalism at the Ohio Statehouse, saying they won’t be tolerated.

“The vast majority of people who are demonstrating are peaceful and have every right to protest,” he said. “But there are others who are clearly there for violence. That violence will not be tolerated. We have seen businesses vandalized.”

Columbus police used pepper spray on protesters over the weekend.

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