COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine provided a daily update on the coronavirus outbreak at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The governor was joined by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
As of Saturday, there were 3,739 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, resulting in 102 deaths. The Ohio Department of Health said of the 1,006 people hospitalized with the virus, 326 were in the intensive care unit.
“We are flattening that curve, but we cannot let up. Ohio has done an amazing job,” Acton said.
During Saturday’s news conference, DeWine said he will be wearing a homemade mask when he’s in public and he encouraged others to do the same. He said they are not a requirement and they are not a substitute for social distancing.
Acton said a homemade mask does not make you bulletproof to the virus, it’s about 80 percent effective. The masks are intended to protect other people because a large percentage of those with the virus are asymptomatic, she said.
N95 and surgical masks should be saved for health care workers. If you have any, contact your local department of health or nursing home to donate.
COVID-19 fatalities by Ohio county: