Ohio Governor Mike DeWine — a Republican, I should perhaps note — addressed the state on Wednesday evening (yesterday) regarding the situation in Ohio with the pandemic. Like so many states we are headed in the wrong direction, but the situation is not yet irretrievable. Ohio was very successful early on in flattening the curve. With the reopening and folks letting down their guard, the spread is increasing now but not so badly we’ve lost control. DeWine said we have second chance right now — but emphasized we won’t get a third.
These Ohio maps issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on its Ohio Public Health Advisory System show the increasing viral spread in Ohio. The darker colors are worse, with red signifying Level 3 on a 4-level scale. On the left is the map from July 2nd. On the right is the map today, July 16th. Things are getting worse.
Governor DeWine issued no new Orders in his address, saying that’s for another day. But he appealed to everyone to take personal responsibility, in particular with wearing masks and social distancing. He emphasized, “Don’t take risks.”
You can watch Governor DeWine’s full address here. I post all of his press briefings concerning the pandemic in this blog, archived back to late February.
Revised since initial posting to add maps from the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
Title image is screenshot from WKYC-TV.
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