“I’m asking every Ohioan to continue to pull back and limit your activities. There is a cause and effect to what we do — we can slow this down,” he said. The scariest thing is that there is no indication that we have plateaued. We haven’t seen anything like this for 100 years.”
During the upcoming holidays, he said No. 1 people should not travel.
While DeWine said he is encouraged by retail reports that more than 90% of people have been wearing masks, the next step is for people to reduce contact with others by 20%.
“Make the grocery list and go once a week instead of a few times,” he said.
The good news is that help is on the way, with the first vaccine shipment expected to arrive Dec. 15 in Ohio.
“Vaccine appears almost ready to go,” DeWine said.
State employees initially were scheduled to start returning to work in early January, but that has been put on hold, DeWine said.
Two Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction employees have died due to the coronavirus. Officer Steven Cook who worked at Dayton Correctional Institution died Wednesday and DeWine said he learned Monday of the death of officer Mark Jones, at Trumble Correctional Institution.
Staff Writer Kristen Spicker contributed to this report.