MERCER COUNTY, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the ten counties in the state with the highest COVID-19 occurrence rate on Tuesday.
DeWine said community spread at informal gatherings between friends and family continues to be a major factor.
"The truth is that it is easier to be scared of a stranger than a friend. Maintaining social distance and choosing to not gather together is really a sign that you care about your loved ones," DeWine said.
The counties with the highest occurrence rate over the last two weeks are:
- Mercer County
- Lucas County
- Wyandot County
- Franklin County
- Hancock County
- Champaign County
- Fairfield County
- Ottawa County
- Wood County
- Montgomery County
- Allen County
To view the full list, click here.
DeWine is also asking all faith-based communities to find better ways to protect their worshipers.
One COVID-19 breakout happened after a man with the virus attended a church service, after that service, 91 other people developed symptoms.
"I know that our faith-based leaders want nothing more than to protect their worshipers, but we also know that the virus can easily spread in places where people gather," said DeWine. "It is vital that, any time people gather together, everyone wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, and while indoors, making sure there is good ventilation and airflow."
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