Governor believes increase in Ohio COVID-19 cases could be linked to return of schools, colleges

Governor believes increase in Ohio COVID-19 cases could be linked to return of schools, colleges
The empty world language room is shown at Orange High School in Pepper Pike (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Source: Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The 24-hour increase in reported coronavirus cases is the highest it has been in over a month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Tuesday.

The governor said he thinks the jump is connected to the return of schools and colleges as a portion of students have returned to class for the first time of the 2020-21 academic year.

Gov. DeWine issued an order last week that requires schools to relay information about any positive COVID-19 cases in a student or faculty member to the community and local health departments.

An additional 1,453 COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 124,610 infections.

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