Editor’s note: This story corrects the number of increased deaths from Friday to Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Health reported 23,697 cases have been reported in the state, leading to 4,300 hospitalizations and 1,331 deaths.
That’s an increase of 681 cases and 25 deaths since what was reported on Friday.
According to the state health department, there were 404 cases of COVID-19 and 35 related deaths reported in Trumbull County, 1,104 cases and 122 deaths in Mahoning County, and 319 cases and 35 deaths reported in Columbiana County.
More information is available on the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus website.
Governor Mike DeWine has no planned briefing Saturday.
Thursday, he announced that hair salons, spas and barbershops can reopen May 15. Lt. Gov. Husted did note that massages will not be taking place yet, as they will be reopened by the medical board.
Retail stores will reopen May 12, meaning 89% of Ohio’s economy will be back up and running on that date, according to Gov. DeWine.
DeWine also said that an announcement on childcare in Ohio will be made on Monday.
DeWine did warn that with the reopening of Ohio’s economy, the risk of spreading the coronavirus will go up.
“The last week or so, we’ve talked about how we need, as Ohioans, bring back our economy and same time, stay safe,” said DeWine. “How we do it, is so very, very important.”
DeWine also made a point to talk to Ohioans under 60. He noted that they might not be concerned about the risk of the virus, but they should be with the effects it can have on them. To Ohioans over 60, DeWine stressed the importance of them to be aware of the dangers COVID-19 poses to them.