After Gov. Mike DeWine abruptly canceled his scheduled COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, his office announced that the governor will host a special address to Ohioans on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday evening.
The address, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., will differ from the normal COVID-19 press conferences in that DeWine will deliver a speech and will not host a question-and-answer session with the media afterwards.
DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney says the governor will still host his scheduled press conference Thursday afternoon.
It is not clear what exactly will be discussed during DeWine’s address.
A news release sent by the governor’s office Tuesday evening simply stated DeWine would “address the State of Ohio regarding the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent increases in cases and virus spread.”
There was no announcement Wednesday morning as to what would be addressed, either.
The release from the governor’s office said the information is “regarding the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent increases in cases and virus spread.”
According to reports, however, the restaurant task force that submitted recommendations to DeWine back in April met again last week at the governor’s request.
Tune in to the TiffinOhio.net Facebook page to watch live coverage of the governor’s address tonight at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 1,316 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 throughout the state, for a total of 69,311. There were 6 new deaths reported for a total of 3,075, and 160 new hospitalizations for a total of 9,209. Intensive care unit admissions also increased 36 from Tuesday, for a total of 2,259.
Tonight, I will address the State of #Ohio on the current state of the #Cornonavirus pandemic and the recent increases in cases and virus spread. The broadcast will be carried live at https://t.co/90BcIYqI19. You can also check your local listings for television/radio options. pic.twitter.com/9ATRX96aNY
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) July 15, 2020