Ohio Gov. DeWine provides update on coronavirus pandemic


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference on Thursday.

According to DeWine, COVID-19 is spreading at large family gatherings, funerals, protests, bars and restaurants. He acknowledged the outbreak in Put-in-Bay and said there are some cases of spread in the workplace.

The governor said it’s spreading because people are not staying home when they have symptoms, not social distancing and not wearing masks. He said the increase in cases is in people in their 20s and 30s, which is a national trend.

The governor revealed the state’s recommendations for when K-12 schools reopen in the fall. DeWine said he believes there is a consensus among teachers, school administrators and parents that kids need to be back in school buildings. The aid there will be a balance of local control and state interest.

“We start with some basic principals that I think we can all agree on,” DeWine said. “We have an obligation, all of us, to educate our children and keep them safe. We recognize parents are the first and best teachers.”

Also on Thursday, DeWine introduced the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It’s a color-coded system for coronavirus risk in each of the state’s 88 counties.

DeWine said while many cases in Cuyahoga County during the last three weeks have been within congregate settings, it continues to see a growing number outside those environments. That indicates risk of community transmission.

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