DeWine announces OH pandemic orders will end June 2

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In comparison to neighboring states of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, DeWine said OH has the lowest average for COVID-19 cases. It is now at 123 cases per 100,000 people.

"It's time to end the health orders", Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a live address Wednesday evening.

Since the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, children have consistently made up as much as 22% of cases nationwide, according to DeWine.

The masks go away on June 2. "Now we have a powerful weapon that is nearly 100% effective at beating this virus".

"And so now, let's talk about the health orders".

He said businesses and schools, as well, will make their own decisions about how to best keep their customers, employees, and students safe.


"Now, lifting these orders does not mean the virus is gone. This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.' But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic - when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it - is a life lost to COVID-19", DeWine said in a tweet announcing the campaign. "In fact, because the new variant is more contagious, the virus is really more risky than ever".

Governor DeWine hailed the vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna as crucial tools in lowering the case and fatality counts in the Buckeye state.

However, the number of daily doses being administered is now declining, with many of those who have not yet been vaccinated hesitant to do so. To be eligible to win, you must be at least 18 years of age or older on the day of the drawing.

The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said. Anyone under 17 can register each week during the five-week lottery.

Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that any resident who gets their first vaccine dose in May can get a free beer if they take their vaccination card to a participating brewery, dubbing it the "Shot and a Beer" program. We will have further, specific details tomorrow and in the days ahead.

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