COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The latest number of cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio has been released by the Ohio Department of Health Wednesday.

As of July 15, a total of 69,311(+1,316) cases were reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 3,075(+6) deaths and 9,209(+160) hospitalizations. There are a presumed 47,303 patients who have recovered from the virus in Ohio.

The Department of Health adds the data when it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.

Gov. Mike DeWine, after cancelling a Tuesday briefing, scheduled a Wednesday evening address on Ohio’s COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

DeWine says if all of us do not take immediate action we will become just like Florida, Texas and Arizona in just a matter of weeks.

According to the governor, many have wondered what new orders will be issued Wednesday night. He says that is a conversation for another time.

Governor DeWine says Ohioans did what needed to be done early in this fight, taking a collective leap of faith against this enemy.

“You made extraordinary sacrifices,” said DeWine.

By controlling the spread of the virus early, DeWine said we were able to responsibly reopen, but says we must keep the virus in check.

The governor said the virus is ‘clearly, clearly’ spreading in Ohio and hospitals are seeing more and more COVID-19 patients.

“Clearly our number of new cases is not just the result of increased testing,” said DeWine. The number of positive tests has outpaced the increase in testing.

DeWine says he’s afraid the window of opportunity to reverse course on the current situation is running out.

“Tonight i’m asking each of you to take action now, sacrifice now so that our kids can be in school this fall… so that our businesses can remain open,” says Governor DeWine.

He is asking every Ohioan, no matter the county, to wear as mask every time they go out in public. He said masks are the best way to protect Ohio jobs and are an alternative to a lockdown.

“We’re tired, we want to go back to the way things were and that’s very very understandable but when we do we’re playing a Russian roulette game with our lives,” says Governor DeWine.

DeWine calls measures to combat COVID-19 are short term inconveniences for long term freedoms.

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