Face masks in OH to be required

Face masks in OH to be required

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.

"We've got to get this virus under control", he said.

The Republican governor said Wednesday that more counties are seeing an increasing number of cases.

OH joins dozens of other states in implementing face mask requirements in response to increasing cases of COVID-19.

Allen County is now the sole county in OH approaching a Level 4 Public Health Emergency, the highest rating in Ohio's new public health alert system indicating rapid spread of COVID-19.

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.

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Physician assistants are on the front lines providing quality care and access in critical care areas, outpatient clinics, and surgical teams, and through virtual patient visits.

In the last 14 days alone, Allen County has seen 110 new COVID-19 cases.

The indicator will trigger if ICU capacity for a county's hospital region exceeds 80 percent of normal capacity and if 20 percent of the normal ICU capacity is being used for COVID-19 positive patients.

"What we do between now and the next several weeks will determine what our fall is like", DeWine said. "We should assume there is some very legitimate reason why they can not wear a mask". "We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports - to do that it's very important that all Ohioans wear a mask".

A total of 3,235 people have died from COVID-19 in Ohio. "This virus is real, and we can not let our guards down".

"Young people congregate closely in bars and probably elsewhere, perhaps on beaches", also attributed to recent spikes in coronavirus cases, he said. People who recently visited or are coming to OH from there should quarantine for 14 days.

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