CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio’s 11 p.m. curfew has been lifted, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
Gov. DeWine said the curfew expired at 12 p.m. Thursday and is no longer in effect.
However, he did add that if things take a turn for the worse, the curfew could come back.
“It’s crucial that we all continue safety protocols to slow the spread and prevent hospitalizations from going up,” Gov. DeWine said.
If the curfew is needed once again in the future, Gov. DeWine says several things will factor into that decision. So, it won’t be solely based on hospitalizations.
The governor said he would lift the statewide curfew if hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients fall below 2,500 for seven consecutive days.
The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) dashboard shows the state has been under 2,500 hospitalizations since Feb. 2.
As of Feb. 11, the state reported 1,862 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.
The initial curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been in place since late last year, Nov. 19, 2020.
Two weeks ago, it was moved from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Now, for the time being, at least, it has been lifted.
In the current phase, residents ages 65 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Ohio will not lower the eligible age for the vaccine for a few more weeks, the governor said.
However, some people will become eligible for the vaccine starting Feb. 15.
Ohioans who were born or diagnosed with certain conditions in childhood and carried into adulthood can get the vaccine.
Gov. DeWine said people with those above conditions are at a higher risk for “adverse COVID-19 outcomes.”
Ohio will receive more than 223,000 first doses of the vaccine next week.
The state will also expand vaccine availability to 194 Kroger stores in Ohio, according to the governor.
The Ohio Department of Health announced Wednesday the state has been undercounting its COVID-19 deaths by as much as 25 percent.
This means around 4,000 COVID-19 deaths were never reported.
About 650 of those deaths were reported in Thursday’s data from the ODH.
To date, 12,577 Ohioans have died from the virus, according to the state health department.
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