A total of 18 new coronavirus deaths were reported statewide Monday by the Ohio Department of Health.
The state’s reported coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,987.
The figures released Monday show total cases in the state at 32,477, an increase of 566 or 1.8% from the previous day.
Total hospitalizations statewide for COVID-19 now stand at 5,511.
The Butler County General Health District, meanwhile, is investigating several COVID-19 cases among Miami University students. The cases are linked to off-campus social gatherings and parties in Oxford from May 8 to May 16, Butler County health officials said in a news release.
The health district did not say how many coronavirus cases have been linked to the gatherings. Health officials are contacting anyone believed to have been in close contact with an infected individual.
“We want everyone potentially exposed to be aware so they can self-monitor and get tested quickly to reduce potential further spread,” Jennifer Bailer, health commissioner for the Butler County General Health District, said in a news release. “Should you receive a call from the Health District, we encourage your complete cooperation.”
Health district officials said anyone who attended an off-campus social gathering in Oxford during those dates should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from his or her last day in Oxford. If a fever of above 100, a dry cough, shortness of breath, muscle or chest pain, a loss of taste or smell or other symptoms appear, individuals are instructed to call your doctor or health care provider or your local health department. Unless symptoms are critical, do not just go to the nearest urgent care facility or emergency room without calling first.
“As we know, the COVID-19 virus can spread quickly between people and infect groups of people in a hurry," Bailer said. “This disease is serious. In young adults it is often mild, but has the potential to become critical for those with underlying disease or other risk factors.”
Gov. Mike DeWine and state health director Dr. Amy Acton are scheduled to hold their next coronavirus briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
By the numbers
The following are the number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases and deaths in the Akron region as reported by the Ohio Department of Health as of Sunday.
Summit: 1,260 total cases (11 new) and 161 deaths (two new), per Summit County Public Health.
Stark: 685 reported cases (three new), including 89 deaths (unchanged).
Portage: 314 reported cases (four new), including 58 deaths (revised downward by one death since Sunday).
Medina: 302 reported cases (14 new), including 19 deaths (unchanged).
Wayne: 250 reported cases (two new), including 50 deaths (unchanged).
Holmes: 27 reported cases (two new), including one death (unchanged).
Ashland: 18 reported cases (one new) with no deaths.
Tuscarawas: 318 reported cases (six new), including two deaths (unchanged).
Mahoning: 1,341 reported cases (seven new), including 169 deaths (unchanged)
New cases and deaths were just reported in the past day and could be many days older.
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