Governor Mike DeWine Talks COVID-19 During Visit to Toledo
The governor said that spread among rural communities and during social events is on the rise.
TOLEDO, Ohio — “Early on, the spread was focused in our urban areas, today our urban areas are certainly aren’t out of the woods, but they are doing a lot better than many of our rural counties,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said during an unexpected visit to Toledo Express Airport Friday.
“Statewide, we’re seeing the positivity rate go up,” the governor said. “A couple weeks ago we were down to about 2.5–2.6% positivity. Yesterday, I think we were about 3.9. Our number of cases seem to be averaging about 1500 a day and a couple weeks ago we were at about 1,000.”
The governor says that urban areas are still dealing with the virus, but they’re doing better than rural communities. DeWine said that spread of the virus is occurring during weddings, funerals and events families have at their homes. He blames a lack of mask usage for the spike. He called masks “a ticket to freedom”.
Locally, the Governor DeWine stated that Fulton County has the highest incidence of coronavirus in Northwest Ohio, with a positivity rate of 287 cases per 100,000 residents. You can find more detailed information at coronavirus.ohio.gov.