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Virus cases, hospitalizations in Ohio begin to rise again

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — While virus cases and hospitalizations in Ohio begin to rise again, Gov. Mike DeWine says he remains optimistic of the state goal to remove health orders by July 4.

Data shows that over the past two weeks the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by more than 20% and the state is averaging 1,483 current COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Health experts like Ohio chief medical officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff blame this spike on the emerging variants in the U.S. that are proving to be more deadly and contagious.

As a result of the unexpected numbers, the Ohio State Fair also announced it will be closed to the public this summer.

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