Written By: Ishton W. Morton – October 28th, 2020
In the United States, a county is a separate administrative or political subdivision of a state that consists of a geographic region with specific boundaries and usually have some level of governmental authority.
Such as the case, the State of Ohio is comprised of 88 counties. On October 27th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said, he is urging Ohioans to reconsider gatherings of any size amid a surge of corona virus cases.
Conjunctively, Ohio has 88 counties and 82 of them are listed as “high incidence,” indicating high exposure and spread of the virus.
Subsequently, during his twice-weekly corona virus briefing, the governor said; the virus is everywhere across the state, and spreading at an alarming rate.
According to The Ohio Department of Health as of Tuesday afternoon the state has seen an additional 2,509 cases of the virus, just a handful of cases shy of a new state record that has now reported 202,740 total COVID-19 cases.
In the intervening period of time the governor said; “As you can see, this virus is everywhere, and it is spreading. This community spread endangers our schools, our nursing homes and our hospitals. All areas of the state are seeing increases in the number of COVID patients being treated in hospitals, in Intensive Care Units and on ventilators. Hospitalized COVID-positive patients are at an all-time high.”
While much kudos is due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine for his handling of COVID-19 in the his state; in his lamentation, the governor has made a dire plea to all of those living in high incidence counties, urging them to take the following precautions:
- Reconsider hosting or attending gatherings of any size.
- Cancel events -don’t go to Halloween parties.
- Wear masks inside and outside when you cannot social distance.
- Stay home if you are not well.
DeWine added “In the words of two great Ohio state coaches: “We do need to stick to our game plan, because we know it works….Ohio, when we stick together, we always win. This is a game we must win. To do that, we must get back to basics.”
Reportedly, when the governor was asked if an additional shutdown is in Ohio’s future, the he said, “as of this writing, there are no plans to again mandate the closure of businesses. But if the state continues to see rising numbers of cases and hospitalization, the state may be forced to reverse course.
Nonetheless, he added; “If we don’t fight this battle county by county, city by city, village by village…If we do not fight in that way, we will, one way or another there could be a shut down. We will only shut down because the spread being so bad.”