DeWine announces statewide public mask order starting Thursday evening

Clay Curtis
July 30, 2020

Enabling physician assistants to practice to the full extent of their training, education, and experience without restrictive laws would serve as another tool for Gov. DeWine to combat COVID-19 in what is likely to be a year-long war.

Up until now, OH had only required masks in counties that were considered "hotspots".

Hardin County has also moved into a Level 3 Emergency, as new cases are rising and more people seek medical care for COVID-19-related symptoms.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday implored Allen County residents to cooperate with contact tracers and local health officials as new cases are confirmed.

"We are seeing serious exposures to the virus that are arising from everyday events like church services, small house parties, neighborhood get-togethers, children's sleepovers, weddings, and even bridal showers", said DeWine.

OH has seen its coronavirus numbers rapidly rise in recent weeks, as the state's stay-at-home order lapsed and businesses and entertainment facilities began reopening.

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All Ohioans are now required to wear a face mask or covering in indoor public spaces and outdoors when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

The governor also gave a travel advisory for residents of certain states coming to OH that would have to self-quarantine for two weeks upon entering the state. Hospitalizations have also gone up quickly, with 128 new hospitalizations and 19 more ICU admissions in the last day. "This virus is real, and we can not let our guards down".

With the opening of schools just weeks away, and districts announcing plans for balancing in-person and remote classes, DeWine says immediate action is needed.

"It will determine what our fall looks like", said the governor.

He also advised that the self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in OH and to people who are traveling into OH from any of these states.

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