Wood County is beginning its first weekend with a mask requirement in most buildings. That's after Governor Mike DeWine said the county moved to a red alert or level three for very high exposure and spread of corona virus.
The order does not carry the force of law, though in a post on Facebook Thursday, the mayor's office says he hopes it will "provide fair notice to Toledoans to begin wearing masks as a health necessity."
In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.
The U.S. recorded 50,700 new cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, as many states struggled to contain the spread of the pandemic, blamed in part on Americans not wearing masks or following social distancing rules.
Remdesivir is the only drug licensed by both the U.S. and the European Union as a treatment for those with severe illness from the coronavirus. Yesterday, the U.S. bought nearly all of the supply through September.
Lucas County saw 14 new confirmed COVID cases each day for the last 3 days. Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski says our case numbers are definitely moving in the wrong direction. “We need to take precautions before it spirals too much out of control,” says Zgodzinski.
While the debate over whether or not to wear a mask straddles political divides, scientists say the evidence is clear. Wearing a mask is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. That along with 6-foot social distancing and washing your hands is the one constant we know about this virus.
Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski says it’s concerning how many people are still not wearing protective masks. The state through a huge sacrifice with the quarantine and the lack of protective masks puts that effort in jeopardy.
In a letter, Mercy Health President Bob Baxter worries that because of the academic affiliation with ProMedica, the community is at risk of losing a hospital that provides services to the poor and undeserved.
The National Guard will be heavily involved in new rounds of testing at Ohio's long term care facilities and nursing homes. That's the word from Ohio governor Mike DeWine as he sat down and spoke with 13abc.