Ohio Gov Beseeches State to Take Surge Seriously

November 12, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is beseeching people in his state to take the surging spread of coronavirus infections seriously.

He made the plea Wednesday as he issued new orders on mask enforcement in businesses, gatherings across the state. He also is threatening to close bars, restaurants and fitness centers if cases continue to rise.

DeWine shifted the authority of mask enforcement from local counties to state officials. If a business receives more than one violation it will have to close for 24 hours.

But the governor’s orders are not as far-reaching as in March, when Ohio became one of the first states to go into lockdown.


NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to distribute hundreds of millions of free COVID-19 tests and to open more testing sites to fight surging infections, but the stepped-up efforts will not come in time for people who want to find out if they are infected before the holidays.

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