DeWine to lift health orders

Katie Ramirez
May 13, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that the state will give away $1 million to a lucky vaccinated Ohioan each week for five weeks as part of a bid to push the state's COVID-19 vaccination rate higher. A total of 19,441 Ohioans have died with the virus. The Ohio Department of Health will be the sponsored agency for the drawings, and the Ohio Lottery will conduct them.

During a late-afternoon news conference Wednesday, DeWine touted the progress OH has made in vaccinations, lowering COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, specifically compared to case rates per 100,000 people in December, at the start of the vaccination rollout.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in OH was 964 on Wednesday, a net decrease of 10 since Tuesday when considering admissions and discharges. A total of 4.25 million Ohioans have completed the vaccine, 36.41% of the state's population. To be eligible to win, you must be at least 18 years of age or older on the day of the drawing.

However, the number of daily doses being administered is now declining, with many of those who have not yet been vaccinated hesitant to do so. More details are expected in the coming days.

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The United States initially saw a rush for people to receive the vaccine, and roughly 58.7 percent of USA adults have received at least one shot.

The news comes as the state's vaccine pace slows, and as the Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15.

"It's time to end the health orders", Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a live address Wednesday evening. "You followed the protocols, you've done what we asked you to do". "You've bravely fought this virus", said Gov. DeWine. "And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon with the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize".

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