Study shows Ohio is among most irresponsible states for limiting spread of COVID-19 during pandemic

States with least preventative behaviors
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Updated: Jul. 20, 2020 at 10:27 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A recent study shows Ohio is the fourth least responsible state during the coronavirus pandemic based on testing, government response, staying at home, and wearing masks.

As infections continue to increase in the summer months, Ohio is the most populous state on the list of least responsible, according to the study that used data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and YouGov.

At the time the study was published, only 33% of Ohio adults were wearing masks. About 21% were staying home when possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

One factor for why more Midwest states may have ranked as least responsible is because industries like manufacturing and agriculture do not allow working from home.

The study also shows that some Ohioans fear that Gov. Mike DeWine may have lifted restrictions too early in his response to the pandemic.

Ohio also initially ranked towards the bottom of the list for states with the most testing capabilities per 100,000 residents.

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