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Ohio now has 704 corona cases – Director Acton: 116 health care workers infected

COLUMBUS — The number of coronavirus cases in Ohio has climbed to 704, Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials said on Wednesday.

Cases are now being reported in 55 of the state’s 88 counties, including the first confirmed case in Lawrence County.

182 people have been hospitalized due the outbreak and there are now 10 fatalities in the state, DeWine said.

Cases range in age from one to 94, Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said. Cases are comprised of 333 females and 371 males, she said at the governor’s daily news conference.

Acton said 116 of those cases were health care workers and 24 were residents of long-term care facilities.

The state’s first lady, Fran DeWine, spoke of the number of Ohioans who are working to make face masks for medical workers.

“We’re seeing many people making personal face masks to help stop the spread of germs,” she said. “The governor also thanks businesses, higher education institutions, legislators and the state’s congressional delegation for all of their work in combating the outbreak.”