COLUMBUS — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shared his experience battling COVID-19 with Ohioans during today's state briefing.
Christie explained he took his mask off during the Rose Garden ceremony celebrating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event resulted in multiple people testing positive for the coronavirus.
Christie spent seven days in the intensive care unit and explained part of the challenge was the isolation.
"You’re just left alone with your thoughts," said Christie. "You start to think about life and death. It's like getting beaten up from the inside out."
Christie penned an op-ed about his experience in the Wall Street Journal, titled, "I should have worn a mask."
Christie's appearance comes as Ohio broke its record for most new cases in a day for the second day in a row.
According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 179,424 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 2,326 more than reported Tuesday, including 86 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
"To my fellow Americans who felt this virus has not affected their life, their family and felt like 'I'll take it seriously when it affects me or my family', the message to them is, 'It is serious. And it is time for all of us to come together'," Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.