The Ohio Department of Health’s latest report shows another high daily case total and a notable jump in new hospitalizations. The state is up to 58,904 total cases of COVID-19. 2,970 Ohioans have now died from the virus, while over 41,000 have recovered. 849 people are currently hospitalized throughout the Buckeye State due to the virus.
Currently, Ohio has seven counties that have triggered a Red Level 3 Public Health Emergency Alert:
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) July 7, 2020
This afternoon Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will issue an order, effective 6:00 pm Wednesday, that will mandate wearing of face coverings in public in all counties that are designated Red Level 3 Public Health Emergency Alert.
DeWine says this order will stay in effect as long as these counties are in a red level or if they increase to the Purple Alert Level 4. If the counties drop to a Level 2, the requirement will drop off.
Today, I am announcing that @OHDeptofHealth will issue an order, effective 6:00 pm tomorrow, that will mandate wearing of face coverings in public in all counties that are designated Red Level 3 Public Health Emergency Alert. pic.twitter.com/cqbMqmajJ2
The Order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering.
The Order also reflects the mask guidance that has existed for employees and businesses under their health and safety guidelines, which does not require a person to wear a mask if their physician advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, if communicating with the hearing impaired, when alone in your office or personal workspace, and other similar measures.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced this afternoon that on a short term basis, the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order allowing for Contact and Non-Contact Competition to resume for all sports if teams agree to all of the guidelines in the order.
This will include things such as: