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Gov. DeWine announces statewide public mask order starting Thursday evening

David C. DeWitt, Ohio Capital Journal

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a statewide public mask order set to go into effect Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

DeWine said Wednesday that he needed to “bring Ohioans along” getting on board with wearing masks over the last few months, after first issuing a statewide mask order on April 27 and reversing it the next day.

Earlier this month, DeWine began issuing county-by-county public mask orders as he unrolled a four-tiered, color-coded system for projecting coronavirus community spread. By last week, 19 counties were under mask orders representing over 60% of Ohioans.

During his news conference, DeWine pointed to the evidence in the scientific community for wearing masks and what he called “a little bit of evidence” from the counties currently under mask orders that it’s contributing to a slowdown of the virus.

“The goal is going to be, for those counties that are orange, for the counties that are yellow, our goal is to keep them there so they don’t move into the red,” he said.

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