Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he’ll extend state curfew

Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state’s curfew, which runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and expires Thursday, will need to be extended. He said he will provide more details at his next briefing.

DeWine also said the rate of coronavirus increase in the state may be starting to slow down, even considering travel related to Thanksgiving, but that it is too early to tell. He said hospital leaders tell him that, even if so, the rate of increase remains too high and that they remain concerned about the possible impact of COVID-19 patients on state hospitals and ICU units.

And DeWine broke down how students are being taught in Ohio schools, reporting that only 29% are attending fully in-person.

As of Monday, Dec. 7, a total of 484,297 (+9,273) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 7,022 (+63) deaths and 29,569 (+336) hospitalizations.

A notice on the state’s coronavirus dashboard said the data is incomplete due to a backlog caused by double-checking the results of antigen tests.

DeWine said that the state will clear that backlog Tuesday, with the Department of Health coming into alignment with CDC guidelines that changed in August of not double-checking those results. The backlog stands at 12,600 positive tests, DeWine said, which will be added into Tuesday’s numbers, creating an abnormal one-day spike.

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