More testing sites in Ohio to help prevent spike in COVID-19 cases, DeWine says

Gov. Mike DeWine gets tested for coronavirus, updates state's response

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said there will be an increase in the number of testing sites throughout the state to help prevent a spike in coronavirus cases,

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 46,127 cases and 2,735 deaths.

DeWine, his wife Fran, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted got tested for coronavirus during Tuesday’s briefing.

He says he took the test to show how simple it is.

“We really want to encourage people to go out and get tested,” DeWine said.

DeWine announced the launch of two public awareness campaigns aimed at spreading awareness about COVID-19 prevention.

One of the campaigns features two Ohio healthcare professionals talking about the prevention measures they take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The second campaign focuses on the importance of taking precautions like social distancing and hand washing to help Ohioans get back to work and Ohio’s economy working again.

Husted, in anticipation of the July 4 holiday, said fireworks shows are not prohibited but large gatherings are discouraged.

“There are ways we can celebrate without gathering too closely together,” he said. “We can find ways to celebrate without gathering close together in small groups. Watch from your porch, your car, or your backyard.”

Last week, DeWine said that several counties in southwest Ohio, including Hamilton and Warren counties, are showing a “worrisome” increase in COVID-19 cases.

DeWine says the Ohio National Guard will assist in five counties with the rising numbers: Hamilton, Warren, Montgomery, Greene, and Clark.

He says there will be an increase in pop-up testing in those areas from June 22 - 26.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced new locations throughout the state for pop-up COVID-19 testing.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced new locations throughout the state for pop-up COVID-19 testing. (Source: coronavirus.ohio.gov)

The governor says the increases in southwest Ohio show the coronavirus is still here and we need to continue to take precautions.

“This is a work in progress. We cannot declare victory. This is something we have to continue to work on every day,” he said.

In addition to an update on COVID-19, DeWine spoke about vandalism at the Ohio State House and said the damage will not be tolerated.

“We have seen businesses vandalized - many are small businesses whose owners have worked on for many years. To see that wiped away in an act of violence, vandalism, and destruction is a sad thing to see,” he said.

In addition, he is asking all protest demonstrators to wear masks.

“The things we do impact others. You can protest and get your point across, but you should also social distance and do everything you can do slow the spread of COVID-19,” DeWine said.

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