Ohio governor announces 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to slow spread of COVID-19

21-day curfew to begin Thursday (Nov. 19)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew as the state tries to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19.

The curfew will begin Thursday (Nov. 19) and last for 21 days, DeWine tweeted.

“We believe this will help reduce COVID-19 spread,” he wrote. “I’m also asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with others.”

“Each one of us will make a difference," DeWine continued. "If we can cut down contacts by 20-25 percent, this will make a difference. Paired with mask-wearing, this will go a long way from stopping our hospitals from being overrun.”

DeWine and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were included in a virtual discussion Tuesday among Midwest governors. They asked residents to follow COVID-19 safety protocols as cases spike around the nation.

Ohio has seen a similar COVID-19 surge as Michigan in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Ohio reported 7,079 new COVID-19 cases, bring the state total up to 312,443.

Michigan’s most recent update came Monday afternoon, when the state reported 12,763 new cases over the last two days -- an average of 6,381.5 cases per day. The state has confirmed a total of 264,576 COVID-19 cases and 8,049 deaths.

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