Ohio curfew now 11 p.m. after COVID hospitalizations remain down

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 3:01 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - If COVID hospitalizations continue to decrease in Ohio, the state could see an easing of the coronavirus curfew, with Gov. Mike DeWine’s office confirming that an initial change was taking taking place Thursday.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that he was setting a metric for the current 10 p.m. curfew.

If the total number of COVID-related hospitalizations remains below 3,500 for seven straight days, the curfew will be pushed back to 11 p.m. for a period of two weeks. Ohio’s numbers first past that threshold on January 21, meaning the change in curfew could come into effect on Thursday.

Subsequently, if hospitalizations drop below 3,000 for another seven day period, the curfew will be raised to midnight, again for another two week period.

After that waiting time, and if the numbers drop below 2,500, the curfew will be dropped altogether.

DeWine also warned in his Tuesday briefing that health officials expect a new, more contagious strain of coronavirus currently spreading through the Midwest to become dominant in Ohio shortly.

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