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Ohio school districts urged to enforce mask policies by Gov. DeWine, hospital leaders

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 2:56 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Gov. Mike DeWine called on Ohio school districts to implement mask policies if they have not already done so.

In Tuesday’s press conference, the governor said mask requirements are one way to ensure the state’s schools stay open. Another way is to vaccinate all eligible students.

Gov. DeWine’s plea to the districts comes as some of Ohio’s children’s hospitals report a staggering number of COVID cases.

More than 29,000 Ohio school-aged kids have had COVID since Aug. 15, the governor stated.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Chief of Staff Patty Manning said their number of COVID-19 patients is the highest they have seen.

COVID levels are higher in districts not requiring students to wear masks, DeWine said.

That statement was backed up by Manning, who cited a recent study.

According to Manning, the study showed partially masked school districts are twice as likely to have a student test positive for COVID in comparison to a district that fully requires masks.

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