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DeWine blames record COVID-19 case surge on poor mask compliance

"People are complacent when they're comfortable," the governor said, explaining coronavirus has been spreading at small gatherings of families and friends.
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Gov. Mike DeWine reports on a Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 update to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System map.

COLUMBUS — After Ohio broke its one-day new case record three times in a week, Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a coronavirus alert map on fire. 

Ohio now has 29 Level 3 "red" counties, 52 Level 2 "orange" counties and only seven Level 1 "yellow" counties.

In describing the reasons for the spread, DeWine said local health departments noted less and less mask compliance. 

"People are complacent when they're comfortable," said DeWine, explaining coronavirus has been spreading at small gatherings of families and friends.

Dr. David Margolis, division director of internal medicine and Metro Health, reiterated DeWine's plea for Ohioans to mask up. 

"I'm sorry we didn't know more about universal masking in March," said Margolis. "We know so much more about masks in October. We know about masks working."

 



Jess Hardin

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Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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