CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appeared in Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport on Wednesday morning to provide remarks on the recent surge of coronavirus-related cases, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions.
The governor said he is optimistic about the steps Ohio is taking to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Gov. DeWine’s remarks come a day after he issued a statewide curfew on retail businesses, which is set to take effect on Thursday night, in an effort to slow the spread of infections.
“We believe the curfew will help, but we’re asking everyone to pull back from their personal contacts with others,” Gov. DeWine tweeted on Wednesday. “What you do in your individual lives is so important.”
The intent of the three-week curfew is to limit the number of contacts and chances individuals have to transmit or contract the virus.
Gov. DeWine also spoke about the potential use of a vaccine in the very near future.
According to the governor, the White House administration has advised him that the first batch of 30,000 vaccines could be delivered to Ohio in December.
“We’ll try to put a shell around, or a wall around, our nursing home patients,” the governor said about the state’s plan to distribute the vaccine.
The Ohio Department of Health previously said nursing home workers will be vaccinated first to protect the residents of the long-term health care facilities.
If Ohioans do not wear a mask and keep their distance between other individuals, Gov. DeWine suggested more deaths will occur in nursing homes, schools will be closed again, and the hospitals will reach capacity.