Ranking: DeWine leads U.S. governors in response to pandemic

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks about his plans for the...
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks about his plans for the coming year during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus. A new report is questioning the effectiveness of an expansion of electronic monitoring of inmates in Ohio. The 77-page report was presented Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 to DeWine's task force looking at how inmates are supervised after release. The report says there's limited evidence that the widespread use of GPS monitoring will reduce the rate at which ex-offenders commit new crimes or that it will enhance public safety. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(John Minchillo | AP)
Updated: Apr. 2, 2020 at 5:31 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A national publication has come out with a ranking of how governors around the country are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ohio’s is at the top of the list.

Politico published the list early Thursday evening.

Other governors may be getting more attention, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo among them, according to the ranking’s preamble, but it’s DeWine who’s leading the pack.

The Ohio governor was notably ahead of the game closing restaurants and bars to in-person business and issuing a statewide stay-at-home order.

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Speaking about DeWine, the list reads:

"Perhaps no single governor has done more to put the nation on a war footing in the fight against coronavirus than DeWine, whose actions have contributed to Ohio’s relatively modest number of cases, with a per capita infection rate currently ranked 27th out of 50 states.

“On March 12, even though Ohio had yet to suffer a major outbreak of Covid-19, DeWine called for the statewide closure of public schools—the first governor in the nation to do so, forcing most of his fellow governors to recognize they had to follow suit, and fast. Likewise, DeWine set the pace on delaying primary elections, even if his snubbing of an initial court order was constitutionally questionable.”

Following DeWine are Governors Gavin Newsom of California, Jay Inslee of Washington state, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.

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