Protesters gather at Ohio Statehouse before Gov. DeWine briefing; at least 2,355 coronavirus deaths reported

Protesters gather at Ohio Statehouse before Gov. DeWine briefing; at least 2,355 coronavirus deaths reported
FILE -Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Source: John Minchillo)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine addressed Ohioans from Columbus on Friday as protests resume across the state and cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton for a press conference in Columbus.

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As of Friday, the Department of Health said 2,355 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 37,758 cases reported statewide.

Gov. DeWine’s remarks on Friday come as several amusement parks are suing Ohio in order to immediately reopen after being closed for months during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Protests over the death of George Floyd, mostly peaceful, are also continuing across the Ohio, which has some state leaders concerned about the potential for close-contact transmission of COVID-19.

Franklin County is the region with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 6,112 total.

An additional 2,662 cases and 220 deaths are presumed to be linked to COVID-19 under the CDC expanded definitions and included in the Ohio Department of Health’s reporting.

Out of the 6,385 hospitalizations reported on Friday, at least 1,632 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.

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