COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)–Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held his daily coronavirus news conference at 2 p.m. Monday. The governor was joined by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 20,474 confirmed and probable cases, and 1,056 COVID-19 deaths.
DeWine said the restaurant advisory board, which was assembled by the state, is nearly finished with its plan. Within the next several days, he will announce protocols and a reopening date for restaurants.
He also addressed recent protests outside the statehouse and Acton’s home. DeWine said as an elected official, people have a right to demonstrate against him, but the members of his cabinet are appointed.
“It’s not fair game to disrespect the news media, to be obnoxious to the news media. Go after me,” DeWine said. “I set the policy so when you don’t like the policy, demonstrate against me, that is certainly fair game. But to bother the family of Dr. Acton, I don’t think that’s fair.”
Husted said the physical opening for Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations will happen later in May, but there is no set date.
DeWine again emphasized the importance of wearing masks in public.
“You’re saying that you care about other people and you want to protect them,” DeWine said. “Because you’re not really wearing it to protect yourself, you’re doing it to protect other people.”
The governor was also asked about when people can resume gatherings of more than 10 people. He said we will be living with the virus for quite some time so, “Ultimately, the decision will be up to the individual.”
Acton said we have to be honest with ourselves that there is a new virus that can make people of all ages very sick and take three or four weeks to recover.
“There is no perfect way to go back to the old world. We have to accept to we’re living in a new world,” Acton said.
She encouraged people to do what they can to stop the spread of the virus, like social distancing and hand washing, while thinking of others by helping vulnerable populations get groceries and wearing masks to protect store employees.