Gov. DeWine provides update on coronavirus cases as state continues vaccine distribution

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Governor Mike DeWine held a press briefing on Thursday to provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic.

In the last 24 hours, 2,282 cases have been reported along with 98 deaths, 173 hospitalizations and 28 ICU admissions, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Governor DeWine said there have been no changes to the state’s alert map this week.

As far as vaccinations go, 1,369,627 residents have received the vaccine, which is about 11.72% of the state’s population. He said they are striving to be as fair with distribution as possible.

Health officials noted during the press briefing that it’s important for people to continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks, especially as we head into Spring.

“It’s very important that we don’t declare victory too quickly. Vaccines are working very well, but our national vaccination effort needs more time. We have to keep up our work of preventing spread through masking and distancing,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff.

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