First rounds of COVID-19 vaccines could be in Ohio soon, DeWine says

Spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations brings Gov. DeWine to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - When everything seems bleak, Gov. Mike DeWine shared some great news with Ohioans on Wednesday.

The first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine will hopefully be here in December, Gov. DeWine said is what President Donald Trump’s administration told him.

The first round will be about 33,000 vaccines and go towards the elderly and healthcare workers first, the governor said.

With the COVID-19 vaccine hopefully on the horizon, Gov. DeWine laid out the path for how Ohio gets to immunity.

Outside Lunken Airport Wednesday, the governor said the first steps of the path have been taken.

By putting “some punch” in the mask order, DeWine said inspectors checking compliance at businesses is a start.

Revising orders for weddings and funerals will also help get Ohio to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Perhaps the biggest step towards immunity Gov. DeWine has taken recently is the curfew order.

Starting Nov. 19, the curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next 21 days.

The purpose behind the curfew is to cut down on contacts. Fewer contacts mean lower odds of getting and transmitting the virus, Gov. DeWine explained.

Once the clock strikes 10 p.m., people need to go home.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Tuesday he is not the “curfew police” in response to the governor’s order.

When asked about the sheriff’s comment, DeWine said he is not asking law enforcement to be “heavy-handed.” He just asks if they see people gathering after 10 p.m. to remind them about the curfew and it is time to go home.

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