Nick McWilliams reporting – As Ohio’s coronavirus cases see their largest increases in months, state leaders are putting forward new timelines.

An uptick in hospital admissions is grounds for concern, with more residents turning up for treatment in metropolitan areas such as Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton. In Hamilton County, alone, the average case per day per 100,000 population has risen from 30 to 100 in a month’s time.

Governor Mike DeWine says that the increase in cases is most likely due to community spread, with more residents leaving their homes and some not heeding the warnings of the state.

Regardless, even with those concerns, Ohio will be opening the doors of nursing homes in under a month, connecting separated families with outdoor visits.

“Visits by family members to nursing homes, to their loved ones, is certainly something that adds value to life. I know that this has been gut-wrenching for families not to be able to see, in-person, their loved one.”

Guidelines involving distancing, screening and sanitation must be strictly adhered to as in other sectors.

DeWine adds that all nursing facilities should consider the number of cases within their community, testing availability and other metrics when determining how to approach visitation.

As for current health orders in place, including bans on gatherings of more than 10 people, DeWine is extending those orders until at least the end of the week.

No word was given on school guidelines, but those are expected to be announced by the end of the week.

Ohio’s totals are now 47,524 confirmed, 3,522 probable, with 2,575 deaths and 243 probable, with around a 4.7 percent positivity rate out of all tests administered.

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