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DeWine comes to Cleveland, asks Ohioans to wear a mask as new cases continue to rise

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 19, 2020

CLEVELAND — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, speaking at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on Monday afternoon, praised the efforts Ohioans have taken when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation and made a point to urge everyone to continue wearing masks.

With cases across the state on the rise, doubling in numbers over the last two and a half weeks, and with testing positivity nearly doubling as well, the governor hopes that people don’t get too lax and continue taking measures to slow the spread of the virus.

“I understand, people are sick of wearing masks, sick of distancing, sick of the whole thing,” DeWine said. “We can see the end of this.”

The governor said that COVID-19 spreading has been reported by health departments all across the state. He said the spread isn’t happening so much in workplaces or classrooms but rather in casual settings where family and friends get together and feel comfortable enough to not socially distance or wear a mask, letting their guard down. It's a point he has made repeatedly over the last few weeks.

DeWine said he doesn’t feel that the state needs to shut down the economy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and he did not sound interested in making any more widespread changes to the daily lives of Ohioans.

The governor spoke to the press for about 45 minutes, and the underlying message in everything he said was this: We don't have to make any big changes if we all wear a mask and distance responsibly.

“We can keep this virus down, but we all have to pull together,” he said.

You can view his remarks here:

Gov. DeWine visits Cleveland to speak about COVID-19 as cases surge