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Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
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On Thursday, Ohio broke its record for most new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day – for the second day in a row. That had Gov. Mike DeWine raising the alarm about the virus' rapid spread.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

State health leaders say COVID-19 infections are increasing in recent weeks when compared with the same time last month. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine warns that might translate into more deaths from the virus in the future.

Ohioans can now get nasal and oral piercings again, but Cleveland-area body piercer Tony Rikard said he hasn't seen much demand yet.

"It's kind of picking up again," he said. "I don't know if people just haven't heard yet, but I expect it to get a little bit busier once the word kind of spreads a little bit more."

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The number of Ohio counties now on red alert for rapid spread of COVID-19 jumped this week to its highest level since late July. And the number of counties on a level two "orange" alert under Ohio's Public Health Advisory System has gone up to 58, the highest ever.

President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Gov. Mike DeWine says that President Trump's diagnosis and hospitalization should be a reminder that "no one is immune" from COVID-19.

This Feb, 25, 2020 file photo show the Preterm building, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in Cleveland. Officials in Texas and Ohio are taking steps aimed at banning most abortions during this phase of the coronavirus outbreak.
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The number of abortions in Ohio continue to decline. According to the latest Ohio Abortion Report, 323 fewer abortions were reported last year than in 2018, a 2% drop.

In this March 6, 2020, photo, tissues, gloves, and masks greet visitors at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass.
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Ohio is allowing intermediate care facilities, for people with intellectual disabilities, to resume indoor visitations on Monday. 

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio will begin allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes, long-term care centers and intermediate care facilities, months after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Sheetz convenience store in Mansfield, Penn.
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If you’ve been missing that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, or the rollers full of hot dogs at gas stations, your wait should soon be over.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 685 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of cases reported since Sept. 8. The state’s 21-day average continues to stay around 1,000 cases, with a slight downward trend.

On Tuesday Ohio reported 145,850 total COVID-19 cases and 4,635 deaths. The state has had 14,899 hospitalizations and 3,210 ICU admissions.

The Ohio Department of Health will allow trick-or-treating this year, but recommends face masks and social distancing.

No hayrides, haunted houses or Halloween parties should be held this year, the Ohio Department of Health urged in its latest coronavirus guidelines.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration was open with his new pick for director of the Ohio Department of Health about the demonstrations that occurred at her would-be predecessor's house earlier in the pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine's (R-Ohio) selection to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has provided more input into the decision for why she backed out of the role.

Updated: 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the appointment of Dr. Joan Duwve as director of the Ohio Department of Health, she withdrew from consideration for “personal reasons,” according to a statement from the governor's office.

Downtown Columbus, buildings and water.
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Franklin County is among four counties that saw their public health emergency levels reduced this week due to dropping rates of new COVID-19 cases.