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Coronavirus latest: 153,987 cases in Ohio; 67,856 in Kentucky; 120,019 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 measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.

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, 153,987, 4,804deaths | Kentucky, 67,856, 1,170 deaths | Indiana, 120,019, 3,405 deaths

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CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO

The state's ban on alcohol sales after 10 p.m. is under review and aid could be on the way to small businesses hurt by the economic slowdown during the pandemic, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

The Republican governor said he understands the impact the ban - meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting late-night socializing - is having on bars and restaurants. He said mayors of big cities have asked that it stay in place, but acknowledged at least one mayor wants it lifted.

Earlier this month, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Police Chief Eliot Isaac asked DeWine to lift the ban, concerned it's contributing to a spike in violence by pushing people with guns into public and private places.

DeWine said reviewing the ban means balancing the economy and people's health. Though Ohio is struggling to reduce its daily coronavirus infection rate of around 1,000 cases, the state hasn't had a flare-up like other states, the governor said.

“What we constantly have to evaluate is how this hurts small business, versus what it does if we expand the hours with regard to potential spread,” DeWine said.

Without providing details, DeWine also said he's talking with legislative leaders about “some specific help for small businesses, some specific help with regards to people who pay rent,” with an announcement expected soon. Messages were left with the House speaker and Senate president.

During the governor's twice weekly briefing, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted promoted a new, free training program to help unemployed workers gain skills to apply for high-tech jobs. Husted also highlighted a study that says Ohio ranks 10th on a list of states' progress in getting back to normal.

But Husted also said he recognized the state's continued unemployment woes are an ongoing challenge.

Both initial claims for unemployment and continuing claims rose slightly in the last week as the impact of the pandemic on the economy continues, Ohio's human services agency reported Sept. 24.

On Tuesday, the Dayton Daily News reported that P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is laying off nearly 300 workers across the state as part of a national downsizing. Husted said such job losses must be considered alongside major hiring announcements by companies like Amazon, whose business has boomed during the pandemic.

“There’s a lot of disruption in the economy where some types of traditional businesses are laying off and will continue to lay off,” Husted said. “I expect we’ll continue to see those announcements for some time as other businesses are hiring.”

The Ohio Health Department has reported nearly 153,000 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus, including 4,783 deaths. The department reported 1,105 confirmed and probable new cases Tuesday, above the 21-day average of 996 cases.

Also Tuesday, Columbus city schools, the state's largest district with about 50,000 students, said it will resume in-person classes for younger grades with a phased-in approach starting Oct. 19, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY

Kentucky's renewed coronavirus surge continued Tuesday when the governor reported 1,018 new cases - the state's second-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

Gov. Andy Beshear said the near-record number of daily cases should be a “wake-up call" as he urged Kentuckians to wear masks in public and follow other health guidelines to contain the virus.

The Democratic governor warned that the state is on pace to exceed last week's total number of virus cases, which was a weekly record.

Beshear also reported eight more virus-related deaths in Kentucky.

“When we have 1,018 cases, it means we're going to lose more people moving forward," he warned.

The spike in cases means testing is widespread, he said, but he warned that the state is “going in the wrong direction" with so many cases. He has warned people to avoid getting complacent.

“We can't let this thing get out of control again because maybe we're tired," he said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.

CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA

The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that 965 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

That brings the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus to 120,019 following corrections to the previous day's dashboard.

A total of 3,405 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 20 from the previous day. Another 227 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 1,379,850 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,371,355 on Tuesday. A total of 2,066,474 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

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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