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Ohio among least cooperative states when it comes to wearing masks: study

TiffinOhio.net Staff

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A recent study suggests that Ohio is among the least cooperative states when it comes to wearing facial masks or coverings amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Research firm Survival At Home compiled an analysis which looked at Twitter-specific metrics called tweet geospatial metadata, which is the location of users who are active on the social media platform.

The firm compiled more than 150,000 geotagged Twitter posts that referenced popular anti-mask hashtags like “#nomask,” “#iwillnotcomply,” and “#burnyourmask.”

The analysis found that Ohio is among the top 10 states for anti-mask activity on social media.

Ohio ranked as the ninth least cooperative state, according to the analysis.

The 10 most-resistant states when it comes to wearing facial masks or coverings are:

  1. Arizona
  2. Nevada
  3. Florida
  4. Idaho
  5. Maine
  6. Missouri
  7. Wyoming
  8. South Carolina
  9. Ohio
  10. Montana

To this point, in lieu of a statewide mask mandate, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has turned instead to tackling the virus on more local level. His administration recently created an Ohio Public Health Advisory System which rates the 88 counties on a color-coded system. There are four levels (colors), with a higher number meaning the county is experiencing a more severe spread of the coronavirus.

Once a county hits Level 3, a mask mandate is automatically in effect for people in that county. The state is updating the system each Thursday.

DeWine on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd that the state of Ohio is going “the wrong way” on COVID-19 infections, and as a result, he’s not ruling out a statewide mask mandate.

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