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Statewide COVID-19 cases increase by 800

The Ohio Department of Health on Sunday reported 800 new coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 150,809.

One new death in the state was reported, bringing that total to 4,741. No new deaths were reported this weekend in the tri-county area.

Locally, Mahoning County reported eight new cases Sunday for a total of 3,073. There have been 486 hospitalizations and 281 deaths, the department of health’s dashboard shows.

Columbiana County added one case for a total of 1,932, with 217 hospitalizations and 80 deaths.

Trumbull County also reported eight new cases for a total of 1,896. There have been 344 hospitalizations and 132 deaths, the dashboard shows.

Gov. Mike De-Wine last week announced expanded recommendations for COVID-19 testing at the state’s colleges and universities. It includes regularly testing a random 3 percent sample population of students every week.

“It’s important for them to know what’s going on on their campuses and what’s going on with their students off campus,” DeWine said.

DeWine also announced relaxed visitation rules at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities starting Oct. 12. Indoor visits will be allowed under certain circumstances, with visits scheduled in advance, in an approved area and for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Rules will be relaxed, too, at intermediate-care facilities run by the state department of developmental disabilities. These changes are all in mind that outdoor visits will be harder during the fall and winter.

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