COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will come off, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday evening in a public address.
“Achieving this goal is very doable,” DeWine said. “We can and we will do this, and I know we will.”
Meanwhile, Allen, Auglaize, Mercer and Shelby counties have moved back to “Orange” status under Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, as the number of new cases in the four counties has fallen below the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s high-incidence threshold.
DeWine updated the public in a special address because it’s the one-year mark of the pandemic entering the state. On Tuesday, it will a year since DeWine created a state of emergency due to the outbreak, which brought about dozens of public health orders.
DeWine said that he can provide the benchmark, thanks to the vaccines and the collective sacrifices of Ohioans — such as wearing masks — which is reducing the number of new cases and hospitalizations.
The 14-minute address was shorter than previous evening public addresses that DeWine, a Republican, has provided throughout the pandemic. As with many governors, who have recently made promises about when vaccines will be available to all residents, for instance, DeWine too is offering a benchmark for the end of the pandemic.
DeWine’s announcement may also head off a confrontation with the Ohio General Assembly, which wants to limit his ability to declare public emergencies and other executive orders.
Just two weeks ago, for instance, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that would all lawmakers to rescind states of emergency, as well as invalidate emergency rules. DeWine has promised to veto the bill, but Senate Bill 22, which is now in the Ohio House, passed with a veto-proof majority.
Cases ` 10,804 ` +11
Deaths ` 216 ` 0
Recovered ` 10,363 ` +30
Cases ` 4,564 ` +3
Deaths ` 80 ` 0
Recovered ` 4,358 ` +8
Cases ` 2,465 ` +7
Deaths ` 58 ` 0
Recovered ` 2,305 ` +4
Cases ` 4,000 ` +7
Deaths ` 90 ` 0
Recovered ` 3,819 ` +4
Van Wert County
Cases ` 2,301 ` +3
Deaths ` 54 ` 0
Recovered ` 2,163 ` +10
Cases ` 974,480 ` +1,875
Deaths ` 16,750 ` 0
Recovered ` 919,296 ` +2,704
Recovered defined as symptom onset more than 21 days prior, not deceased. Only verified deaths included now, which is updated twice per week by the state.
Updated 2 p.m. 3/4/21
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