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‘Perfect storm’ looming over Ohio as delta variant threatens schools, DeWine warns

Gov. DeWine urged school districts to reconsider their mask policy if they are not enforcing...
Gov. DeWine urged school districts to reconsider their mask policy if they are not enforcing them already.(WNDU)
Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 3:25 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Ohio is seeing its highest level of COVID-19 cases since February, which is threatening Ohio schools from continuing in-person learning, Gov. Mike DeWine declared Tuesday.

The spread of the delta variant has created the “perfect storm” in Ohio, as DeWine called it.

It is that storm he claims which poses the risk to schools.

Vaccinating eligible students and wearing masks inside classrooms is the best way to make sure the school year goes uninterrupted, Gov. DeWine claimed.

In speaking directly to school districts and officials, the governor urged them to enforce masks.

“When kids wear masks in class, the virus rarely spreads there,” DeWine stated.

On three separate days last week, more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported, the governor said.

Every Ohio county is now considered a high incident county, according to DeWine.

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