MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County health officials admitted that they are not surprised by the sudden jump in COVID-19 cases in the Valley.
They said the numbers reinforce the need to follow Ohio’s new “stay at home” orders that went into effect at midnight Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, Mahoning County Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac held a conference call with reporters to discuss the latest number of confirmed cases in the county.
Tuesday morning, there were 23 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Mahoning County, including 17 hospitalizations.
Thirteen of those cases are male and 10 are female, ranging from ages 36 to 93.
By the afternoon, the number jumped to 28 cases in Mahoning County.
Tekac said the numbers here and across the state are what’s behind the Governor DeWine’s new orders.
“I want to stress, like I said, the community truly needs to… take it seriously. Stay at home when you can, and like I said, be part of the solution and not part of this problem,” he said.
When you go shopping for food and other items, Tekac said to check with elderly relatives or neighbors to see what they need and pick-up those items as well. This will cut down on the number of people in the stores and limit potential exposure.
When at the store, remember the recommendations.
“Practice social distancing. Keep that six-foot distance. Make sure you’re washing your hands after you leave the store. If you have hand sanitizer, use it,” Tekac said.
He also said people need to practice social distancing when at home.
“Just because everybody’s home, this doesn’t mean now we have to have a house party or card party in the basement,” he said.