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Ohio – DeWine: Expect COVID-19 virus will get worse before it gets better

The governor noted the number of cases statewide has increased “dramatically,” and though more virus tests are administered each week, test positivity has begun to climb as well.

CEDARVILLE — With colder temperatures and the annual flu season just ahead, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday warned the spread of coronavirus in Ohio will likely get worse before it gets better.

“We’re already seeing that in the trend lines the last several weeks,” DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response.

DeWine noted the number of cases statewide has increased “dramatically,” and though more virus tests are administered each week, test positivity has begun to climb as well.

“When the cold weather hits, more people will be going inside. … That’s when we will see more spread,” he said.

DeWine said the state is now seeing more counties reach the CDC’s threshold “high incidence” of coronavirus transmission than ever before.

“We’re not trying to scare anybody but these figures haven’t looked like this [before],” DeWine said. “We’ve never seen this many high incidence counties. … This really shows just how this virus has spread out throughout the state.”

The latest PSA from the governor’s office, shown Tuesday, includes two former Ohio State coaches: Youngstown State President Jim Tressel and Ashtabula native Urban Meyer.

“Ohio: When we stick together, we always win,” Meyer says.

“It’s up to all of us,” says Tressel.


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