COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted held a briefing with the latest information on Ohio's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are now over 46,000 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state. 2,735 people have died. Over the last 24 hours, there were 590 new cases reported, a decrease of 139 from the day before.
DeWine began Tuesday's briefing by having himself, his wife Fran, and Husted all receive COVID-19 tests from the Ohio National Guard.
Before he moved on to updating the latest COVID-19 data, DeWine took a moment to discuss the recent vandalism that occurred in Columbus as part of the protesting for racial justice.
"The vast majority of people who are demonstrating are peaceful and have every right to protest. But, there are others who are clearly there for violence. That violence will not be tolerated," he said.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Husted addressed the upcoming July 4 holiday as it pertains to fireworks. "Fireworks shows are not prohibited, they can proceed. But large gatherings are still not allowed at this time. We can find ways to celebrate without gathering close together in small groups. Watch from your porch, your car, or your backyard," he advised.
Also, DeWine discussed the state's push to have the new U.S. Space Command headquarters located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. "We think it should be here," he told the news conference.
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