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ODH is consolidating Ohio's COVID-19 health orders, DeWine says

"The best safety measures are the ones people can understand, remember and apply faithfully in every day life," said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH chief medical officer.
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Gov. Mike DeWine during the state's coronavirus update on Monday, Aug. 5, 2021.

CEDARVILLE — The Ohio Department of Health is expected to release updated pandemic safety guidelines today and tomorrow, which are expected to consolidate previous orders and make them easier to remember.

"The best safety measures are the ones people can understand, remember and apply faithfully in every day life," said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH chief medical officer.

"Make no mistake: We are still very much in the thick of things with COVID-19. Our cases are rising again and our testing positivity rate is back up above 4 percent."

An order simplifying and consolidating previous health orders is expected to be issued later today. Guidance for festivals, proms and graduations this year in the state is expected to be released Tuesday.

Any previous order with duplicative guidance will be rescinded, said ODH Director Stephanie McCloud. For example, a previous order limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, which prohibited festivals and other large events, will be modified to limit personal or hourshold groups to no more than 10 people.

The new, simplified orders focus on the core tenets of protecting against the virus: wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting large gatherings and washing your hands, McCloud said.