Governor Mike DeWine
It will be a different Thanksgiving in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer families will gather for the holiday, many showing off their meals and side dishes via Zoom or other video conferencing software. However, it is inevitable that some may defy the stay-at-home advisories or orders, which could contribute to yet another spike in coronavirus cases.
Governor Mike DeWine made time Tuesday morning to call into WAKR’s Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a variety of topics surrounding the pandemic. According to DeWine, much of the spread, at least in recent months, has been in the community, from weddings to funerals, to formal and informal gatherings. He admits, however, that there is “very little outbreak” coming from schools.
The governor also touched on the impact the virus has had on the hospitals, which, through Monday, have over four thousand patients being tended to. In the spring, COVID-19 was sequestered mainly in the urban and higher population areas of Ohio, but by the fall, it has spread to all 88 counties, which means services may be more scarce.
“This is going to threaten services, like elective surgeries,” the governor says. “As this virus continues to roar up, it’s going to slow more and more things down in the economy. Keeping safe, keeping our mask on, keeping a distance…we gotta keep the virus down is what each and every one of us does every day that will determine that."
DeWine says he is having ongoing conversations with Senators Portman and Brown about another round of stimulus dollars, but now says he is not as optimistic that it gets done.
"We need additional help,” says DeWine. “We do need a bill coming out of Congress.”
As for Thanksgiving, the governor says he normally has a big get-together with family, but plans have changed with the pandemic. He and Fran have sent out pies to their family members who are not in the Cedarville area.