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Monroe County stuck in a COVID-19 loop

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed

Monroe County seems to be stuck in a continuous loop of increases when it comes to COVID-19.

For the fifth consecutive week, the county has seen a slight increase in new confirmed cases.

According to information released from the Monroe County Health Department, there were two new confirmed cases during the week of Wednesday, Aug. 26 to Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The two new cases give the county 104 total confirmed and probable cases.

One additional case was designated as recovered last week, giving the county five current active cases.

Of the 104 total confirmed and probable cases, 83 are designated as recovered, and 16 have died due to the virus.

Amanda Sefert, public information officer for the Monroe County Health Department, stressed her concern with the continued gradual increase in new confirmed cases.

“Prevention is key to help protect our citizens, keep local businesses open and for the start of the school year,” Sefert said. “You can prevent the spread by wearing a face covering (or) mask, maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others, washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, staying at home if you are sick and practicing good hygiene.”

The opening of schools and the start of the high school sports season will create more frequent occurrences of large gatherings.

The Ohio Department of Health offered recommendations for the start of the sports season, which included mask requirements and limits in the number of spectators.

Monroe County Health Commissioner continues to work closely with Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent Rob Caldwell and district principals and athletic directors to review requirements for sporting events and the start of the school year, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8.