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DeWine discusses COVID-19 with WTAP

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:16 PM EST
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CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WTAP) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke to WTAP Monday about the coronavirus outbreak in the Buckeye State during the past year.

He says state health experts and leaders have learned a lot about the virus-and Ohio’s response to it-during 2020.

For example, the governor noted that, at first, it was believed masks were not effective in controlling the spread of the virus, knowing now just the opposite is true.

The governor last week extended until January 23rd a 10 P.M. to sunrise curfew aimed at slowing the down the spread that’s now affecting all of the state’s 88 counties, including southeast Ohio.

DeWine did not say what measures might come next, but says recent spikes in COVID-19 need to be contained.

”We’re not going up any more, but we’re not going down, either. And we’re at a very, very high and very, very dangerous rate. So we’re going to have to continue to do things to keep people more apart, to slow the spread down.”

DeWine says, by the end of this week, 80% or workers and residents of Ohio’s nursing homes should be vaccinated. Like his West Virginia counterpart, Jim Justice, he is aiming to have educators vaccinated. DeWine’s plans for the resumption of in-person learning, however, call for that to happen March 1.

He also hopes a third vaccine, just approved for use in Great Britain, will eventually be available in the U.S. as well.

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