COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will hold a press briefing at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to address the state's continued response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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According to a press release, DeWine's press conference will focus on "keeping Ohio children in school amidst rising cases of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases." DeWine and Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff will be joined by members of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association, including the following:
- Nick Lashutka, President & CEO, Ohio Children’s Hospital Association
- Debbie Feldman, President & CEO, Dayton Children’s Hospital
- Paula Grieb, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, ProMedica Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital
- Patty Manning, MD, Chief of Staff, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Rustin Morse, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
DeWine's press briefing comes amid a recent rise in coronavirus cases across the state. On Monday, Ohio reported 5,568 new COVID-19 cases, which marked an increase of 1,105 new cases from the previous day, with the Buckeye State also recording more than 9,000 and 8,000 new daily cases as recently as last week.
Last month, DeWine acknowledged that the rise in cases caused by the Delta Variant had put the return of students to the classroom at risk. And while he said he wouldn't be enacting a mandate to do so, he did encourage all unvaccinated individuals in the classroom to wear masks in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.