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Coronavirus latest: 1,106,411 cases in Ohio; 461,717 in Kentucky; 748,654 in Indiana

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The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and vaccination efforts.

Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.

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LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 1,106,411, 20,091 deaths | Kentucky 461,717 cases, 7,138 deaths | Indiana, 748,654 cases, 13,295 deaths

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CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO

A highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in India is now in Ohio, raising fears of a new wave of infection.

The B.1.617.2 strain, better known as the Delta variant, is popping up across the country.

Currently, it has been found only in small numbers in Ohio. But health officials say that will almost certainly change as it continues to spread.

“It is more contagious than the original strain, though it’s not likely to be more severe. The good news is that the vaccines that we have appear to protect people against even the Delta variant,” Ohio Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff,

Speaking during a Thursday morning press briefing, Vanderhoff said the variant currently accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States.

Although that number is relatively low, health officials say the speed of its spread is worrying. About one month ago, the strain accounted for around 1% of virus samples.

“Out west, those numbers are even higher. So far here in Ohio, though, we’re really only seeing a fraction of a percent, in terms of our total mix,” Vanderhoff said.

“But I would fully expect that that would rise. If you look at the U.K., it is appearing to rapidly overtake B117.”

The variant was the dominant strain not only in India but also in the United Kingdom, health officials said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the White House, has urged local and national officials to reenergize vaccination efforts, saying the transmissibility of the variant should prompt any eligible American to get vaccinated quickly.

“Bottom line, is vaccination. It’s the way out of the pandemic. It’s our best protection, including against the Delta variant," Vanderhoff said.

About 5.4 million people in Ohio have received at least one shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or about 46% of the population. About 4.8 million people, or 41% of the population, have completed the process.

CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY

At the stroke of midnight, most of Kentucky's COVID-19 restrictions will disappear.

After more than a year and a half of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of the state's virus orders – including its mask mandate – will come to an end on Friday.

Masks will no longer be required in most locations, although unvaccinated people are still encouraged to wear them.

Masks will still be required on public transportation, schools, long-term care facilities and other locations that serve the “most vulnerable,” Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Kentucky followed CDC guidance last month, no longer requiring fully-vaccinated people to wear masks. But the governor said he wanted to wait a few weeks to lift restrictions so children between 12 and 15 years old had time to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally -- starting Friday -- Kentucky’s coronavirus-related capacity restrictions will come to an end.

"After a long, dark pandemic, more of our people have gotten their shot of hope, and we have steadily moved to lift the last remaining restrictions put in place to slow the spread of this dangerous virus and save lives,” Beshear said. “Team Kentucky: your patience, hard work and sacrifices have paid off. For those not vaccinated: you still have time.”

Also happening Friday, Kentucky's senior centers will reopen at full capacity.

The increasing number of vaccinations makes it safe to let Kentuckians gather once again at senior centers, the governor said at a news conference.

“These things are miracles,” Beshear said of the vaccinations. “They have effectively ended death and hospitalization for the most vulnerable. They are saving lives every single day. And we’ve got to make sure more people get them.”

People entering senior centers will be required to follow county-level mask guidance, he said.

Closing Kentucky’s nearly 200 senior centers for more than a year amid the pandemic “was a hard thing to do, but it was the right thing to do,” the governor said. The virus ravaged Kentucky’s older population, but now more than 80% of Kentuckians 65 and older have been vaccinated.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of Kentuckians vaccinated against COVID-19 approached 2.1 million.

The governor recently announced the state is offering $1 million prizes and college scholarships in hopes of enticing more people to get the shots. Three Kentucky adults will win $1 million prizes and 15 students ages 12 to 17 will be awarded full-ride scholarships to a Kentucky public university, college, technical or trade school.

The offer is available to Kentucky residents already vaccinated and those who decide to get the vaccine before the drawings.

CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA

The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that 314 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 748,654 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

To date, 13,295 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of four from the previous day. Another 419 probable deaths have been reported to date based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

A total of 3,536,566 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,533,954 on Thursday. A total of 10,624,243 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.

As of Friday, a total of 5,367,723 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 2,717,282 first doses and 2,650,441 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Please click here for an updated county advisory map, hospitalizations and other information.

Symptoms:

According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:

Resources:

- Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634

- Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725

- Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

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