Ohio Gov. DeWine says we’re at halftime in battle with coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

There have been 171,626 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 5,017 deaths in the state since the pandemic began, according to the Ohio Department of Health. It is presumed that 144,903 people have recovered.

There were 1,447 cases, 12 deaths, 123 hospitalizations and 13 intensive care unit admissions reported to the state health department in the last 24 hours.

DeWine referred to this stage of the battle with coronavirus as halftime. He said he’s frequently asked when this will be over, when we can take off masks, what Halloween will be like or what baseball season will be next year.

“The truth is no one can answer these questions with great certainty. What we can say is that things will get better, but in all likelihood they will get worse before they get better and we’re already seeing that,” the governor said.

He said he’s speaks with experts about the virus on a daily basis and we could experience a rough winter as more activities move indoors.

“The virus is not going away until we get a vaccine, until we get that heard immunity,” DeWine said. “We can control and mitigate a lot of this. We have done it before. We can do it again. Ohioans are resilient, tough people. When the goals are clear, when we set our sights on these goals, we can do it.”

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