NEW LEXINGTON — As citizens of Ohio continue to live in the new normal of today, the state is still focussing on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout the state. With more expansions on testing, local residents may want to take advantage of the opportunity.

While some are eager to get back to normal routines and lifestyles, Perry County Health Commissioner Angela DeRolph stated that the pandemic is far from over.

“While it’s impossible to eliminate all risks, by following recommended precautions from the Perry County Health Department, Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we can reduce the chances of becoming infected with COVID-19 and allow people to enjoy their activities,” DeRolph told The Perry County Tribune.

During these uncertain times, some locals are anxious to resume old routines. DeRolph explained that people should view COVID-19 in four dimensions; “Distance to other people, environment, activity and time spent together.”

“For example, more distance is better, outdoors is safer than indoors, activities that involve lots of exhaling are more dangerous than quieter ones and longer time spent with others is more dangerous than a shorter time,” the county health commissioner said.

DeRolph added as more locals venture out to local businesses, such as their favorite restaurant, they must continue to make safe decisions.

“Continue to make safe choices, not only to protect yourself, but to protect others in our community,” DeRolph commented.

In Perry County, according to the Perry County Health Department as of the afternoon of June 19, it was reported there are 23 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, the virus has affected 13 males and 13 females.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, via, it has reported an additional three cases in the county adding up to 26 cases total for the area.

Also as of last Tuesday, five active cases have been confirmed by the local health department. There has also been a total of seven hospitalizations. Only one death has been reported by the health department.

Neighboring counties have also experienced confirmed case increase. In Muskingum County, the state’s health department has reported a total of 65 confirmed cases in the area. Additionally, there have been 11 hospitalizations and one death reported.

In Licking County, there have been a total of 337 cases confirmed in the area. There have also been 42 hospitalizations and 11 deaths recorded.

According to the Licking County Health Department’s Facebook page, as of June 17, 24 of the patients are listed as probable. Of the data published, three individuals are currently hospitalized and 132 individuals have been classified as recovered from the illness.

The Licking County Health Department also clarified that probable cases means a patient is diagnosed with COVID-19 upon physical examination presenting a set of illness criteria without a test.

In Fairfield County, the state health department reported that there have been 414 cases confirmed in the area. The department also records that 57 individuals require hospitalizations as well as 12 deaths.

In Hocking County, the state’s health department reported 74 confirmed cases in the area. Additionally, there have also been 16 individuals who have been hospitalized as well as seven deaths.

In Athens County, similar numbers to Perry County, it was reported that there were 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with only four hospitalizations and one death.

Morgan County has seen a total of six cases. No hospitalizations and deaths have been recorded.

According to the statehouse in Columbus on June 9, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stated the state has distributed over 30 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). He added that the sources for the equipment involved the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), donations made, JobsOhio purchases.

Also, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Protecting Ohio’s Workforce- We’ve Got you Covered program has given over 1.5 million facial coverings to employers to support efforts already set by businesses.

The state is also giving PPE to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services via the office of Pharmacy Services in order to support requests from other state agencies boards and commissions.

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