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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave a coronavirus update today regarding new cases and the vaccine rollout throughout the state.

The governor announced that the Ohio National Guard received a waiver tto help in the administration of the vaccine.

DeWine also said that according to initial data, a huge Thanksgiving holiday spike of coronavirus spread did not occur in the state.

“Some did hold traditional Thanksgiving gatherings, which resulted in some COVID-19 spread, but those appear to be exceptions. Most Ohioans did well limiting gatherings,” he said.

However, as hospitalization rates continue to remain high, he said we cannot remain complacent during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“As far as people being mandated to get the vaccine, we’ve not made that decision,” DeWine said. “We’ve made the decision not to do that. I would just hope that anybody who works in a nursing home, who is working with our most venerable citizens, would seriously consider being vaccinated. It’s a time in your life when you have the ability to save people’s lives by one small act, I would really ask you to do that.”

The Ohio Department of Health also released the state’s latest coronavirus numbers Monday afternoon.

There have been 629,354 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 6,548 cases reported today, along with a total of 8,122 deaths (including 75 additional fatalities reported today).

The total number of hospitalizations due to the virus is now 35,048 people. The median age of those Ohioans getting coronavirus is now 43 years old.

New hospitalization numbers are now at 301 inpatients, and 37 in the ICU in the last 24 hours. About 454,354 people are presumed to have recovered from the illness.

Here are the Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:

  • Franklin: 76,188
  • Cuyahoga: 63,047
  • Hamilton: 47,264
  • Montgomery: 32,212
  • Summit: 24,859

And here are the Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:

  • Cuyahoga: 863
  • Franklin: 695
  • Lucas: 505
  • Summit: 491
  • Hamilton: 305

Today, Gov. DeWine reminded Ohioans on Twitter to stay safe and stay home. He offered suggestions of things for people to do outdoors:

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