Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Plans Special Address About Surge In Cases

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Gov. Mike DeWine takes to the podium Wednesday evening for a special address to Ohioans about the state's recent spike in coronavirus cases.

The governor's office announced the 5:30 p.m. address without providing details about his remarks.

You can watch the address live in the player below, on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, WOSU TV or listen live on 89-7 NPR News.

The governor was scheduled to hold a coronavirus press conference on Tuesday, but canceled the briefing that morning.

Ohio has reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 cases every day for the past week. Three weeks ago, Ohio was averaging about half that. Hospitalizations have also increased in recent weeks. Since July 5, the number of hospitalized COVID patients increased every day, from 730 to 1,017.

When DeWine was asked last month if the state could once again close businesses if cases spiked, he responded, "We certainly are looking at that, but we hope not to face that choice."

DeWine started to reopen Ohio's economy in mid-May with outdoor dining. In the weeks that followed, indoor dining, bars, movie theatres, salons, bars, zoos and more were allowed to reopen with safety restrictions in place.

On Tuesday, Ohio was added to a list of 22 states where residents must quarantine for 14 days before entering New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.