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Gov. Mike DeWine announces unexpected Wednesday evening address on state of COVID-19 pandemic Staff




After canceling a scheduled press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Mike DeWine has since announced an unexpected address on the state of the novel coronavirus pandemic scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The address will start at 5:30 p.m., in which DeWine will address Ohioans on the state of the pandemic and the continuing upward trend in cases.

“Gov. DeWine is going to have a conversation with the citizens of Ohio on where we are in this pandemic and where Ohio could be headed,” DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney said.

Tierney said Wednesday evening’s address will differ from the normal COVID-19 press conferences in that the governor will deliver a speech with no Q&A portion for the media at the end. However, Tierney said DeWine will still hold Thursday afternoon’s scheduled press conference in which he will take questions and provide answers to the media.

DeWine’s office didn’t provide a reason for Tuesday’s press conference cancelation, but said there was no emergency cause.

The Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday that there were 67,995 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state, which is an addition of 1,142 reported cases, along with a total of 3,069 reported deaths, up five from yesterday.

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