Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters
Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters. [Jo Ingles | Statehouse News Bureau]

Number of Positive Tests for Coronavirus Now at 26 in Ohio

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CLEVELAND (AP) — State officials say the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Ohio has doubled in one day from 13 to 26.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Saturday that 12 women and 14 men ranging in age from 31 to 86 have tested positive.

Counties around the state with coronavirus cases as of 2 p.m. on Saturday include:

  • Belmont County, 2 cases
  • Butler County, 4 cases
  • Cuyahoga County, 11 cases
  • Franklin County, 1 case
  • Lorain County, 1 case
  • Stark County, 3 cases
  • Summit County, 2 cases
  • Trumbull County, 2 cases

Acton and Gov. Mike DeWine continued to emphasize the need for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Acton said it’s expected that the pandemic will peak in late April or early May.

Closing public spaces like libraries and museums are becoming the norm in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634.