‘Continue wearing masks’: DeWine says as numbers improve, Ohioans must remain vigilant

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Gov. Mike DeWine held a press conference today to discuss the continued coronavirus vaccine rollout in Ohio.

Those 75 and up were eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine in Ohio starting yesterday, as Phase 1B rolls along.

DeWine said that in some counties, people who are part of Phase 1A have finished being vaccinated, which means there are now more vaccines available for those in Phase 1B. On top of this, DeWine said that some unused doses meant for those living and working in nursing homes, have now been made available for the next phase.

“Because not all [nursing home] residents/staff are choosing to receive the vaccine, we will have another 77,000 doses over the next two weeks to distribute in the community,” DeWine said.

While not everyone in the 953 nursing homes in Ohio got vaccinated, DeWine stipulated that the state is “second in the nation for the number of people vaccinated in nursing homes.”

School districts should find out when they’ll be eligible to get the vaccine by Friday, so that every child can be back in school by March 1.

DeWine announced that on Thursday he would change the curfew from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. if there are seven straight days of hospitalizations below 3,500. Then that curfew would stay for two weeks.

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

There have been 872,918 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 4,262 cases reported today, along with a total of 10,858 deaths (including 88 additional fatalities reported today).

The total number of hospitalizations due to the virus since the pandemic began is now 45,276 people. The median age of those Ohioans getting coronavirus is now 42 years old.

New hospitalization numbers are now at 295 inpatients, and 40 in the ICU in the last 24 hours.

The number of people vaccinated in the state so far is 656,474, or about 5.62% of the population. That number includes people who have gotten one or two shots so far. In the last 24 hours, 29,768 people were vaccinated.

DeWine said that while numbers are going down, people must remain vigilant.

“We must keep practicing safety protocols,” he said. “Our case numbers are improving because of what you are doing, and what you’re not doing. More people are wearing masks. Please continue wearing masks.”

Yesterday, Gov. DeWine held a press conference to discuss the new Cleveland Innovation District:

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