COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted held a news conference on coronavirus at 2 p.m. Wednesday. They postponed their news conference on Tuesday in light of the bribery allegations against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.
DeWine announced masks will be mandatory in public places for all Ohio counties beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. It applies to those 10 years and older.
DeWine said he spoke with health commissioners, mayors and county commissioners about the effectiveness of face coverings.
“It looks like wearing the face masks is starting to have some effect,” DeWine said.
The governor also announced a travel advisory for people coming into Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent of higher for COVID-19. It’s recommended those people self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Ohio Department of Health said there were 1,527 COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths, 128 hospitalizations and 19 intensive care admissions reported in the last 24 hours. That’s the second-highest daily number of cases, according to the governor.
There have been 78,742 total confirmed and probable cases of the virus, resulting in 3,235 deaths, in Ohio since the pandemic began.
The latest headlines from FOX8.com:
- What to expect at an inauguration unlike any other
- Women to wear pearls, Converse on Inauguration Day in Harris’ honor
- US agency orders Ford to recall 3 million vehicles over air bags
- Cleveland establishes call center for coronavirus vaccine questions
- President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania leave for Florida on Air Force One