While there was a jump in cases over the last 24 hours, DeWine said statewide cases remain on a downward trend.
However, DeWine pointed out, that southwest Ohio is presenting as an exception to that downward trend.
The governor said the trendlines in Montgomery, Clark, Warren, Greene and Hamilton counties are “worrisome.”
In order to address the rising cases in those counties, the state is moving in more heavily with the Ohio National Guard to assist with testing at different sites and working with hospitals in the region to increase testing.
DeWine also announced a new personal protective equipment stockpile which will be compiled and stored by Ohio hospitals throughout the state and will be distributed to residents and staff at long-term care facilities should they see a spike in Covid-19 cases.