CLEVELAND — Ohio's curfew will be extended to 11 p.m. on Thursday after the state's hospitalization number stayed below 3,500 for seven straight days, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
During Gov. Mike DeWine's press conference on Tuesday, he announced the state would extend the curfew if the hospitalization rate remained below 3,500 for seven days. Wednesday marked the seventh straight day with hospitalizations below that rate.
Today's reported #COVID19 hospitalizations stand at 2,944. Still a very high number, but this is the 7th straight day that hospital utilization is below 3,500. A forthcoming order from @OHdeptofhealth will change Ohio's curfew to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m beginning tomorrow night. https://t.co/U4qXqXih8u— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) January 27, 2021
The extended curfew will be put in place until Feb. 11.
If hospital utilization were to subsequently drop even further below 3,000 for seven consecutive days, ODH's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said it appears that we could safely move to a midnight curfew for a two-week period.
If at any point, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations begins to rise, health officials could reinstitute the appropriate curfew measures.
The Ohio Department of Health and governor's office has yet to confirm if the previous order on alcohol sales ending at 10 p.m. will also be extended.
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