State leaders provide optimistic updates and social tips on coronavirus spread in Ohio

State leaders provide optimistic updates and social tips on coronavirus spread in Ohio

Lucas Fiscus
Cameron Haeft
eSomethin Staff

While it may seem boring to stay inside, and online school can be frustrating and confusing, it’s important for everyone to follow social distancing in order to flatten the curve. Acton warned that we must “proceed with caution” and DeWine likened the pandemic to a monster saying, “we have a monster out there, lurking, who can kill us.”

On Monday, April 6, it was reported that there were 142 deaths and cases in 81 out of the 88 counties in Ohio. There were 303 hospitalized cases, with 25% recovering. This past Monday, April 13, Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, reported there are 6,975 cases in Ohio in 86 out of 88 counties. The death toll rose to 274 in that one-week span.

The feeling seems to be like preparing for a storm Ohio governor Mike Dewine said at a recent daily press conference: “We’ve made some real progress.”

The governor also brought up the importance of “protecting our protectors” through practicing social distancing. He also endorsed making your own masks when going outside in public. However, Governor DeWine warned that the masks are “not a substitute for social distancing,” and that staying home is “buying our hospitals time.” 

Updates also came for those with family members in nursing homes. Nursing homes are now required to alert the family of the residents when either a resident or staff member tests positive with the coronavirus. 

DeWine has continued to give daily press conferences updating the people of Ohio on the coronavirus pandemic. One large update came with the news of using convention centers — the Seagate Convention Center in Toledo, the Dayton Convention Center, and others — as places to hold potential patients that overflow from hospitals.

It is important in times like this to keep in touch with all family members and friends by whatever means possible. The new “Strive for Five” movement endorsed by Governor Mike DeWine and Doctor Amy Acton that tries to increase interaction between people. It asks people to try to reach out to at least five different people a day to make sure they feel cared for.

While we can’t flip a switch to go back to normal, it’s important to stay smart and stay safe so the transition back to normal is easier and more pleasant.

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