TOLEDO, Ohio — During his Thursday afternoon press briefing, held from the University of Toledo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Buckeye State is now at 200 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.
In early March, DeWine announced that all existing health orders currently in place would fall off once the state reaches the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 people. The state was well under the current mark just weeks ago, hitting 144 cases per 100,000 Ohioans near the end of March.
"The battle has to be fought every single day and we need to keep wearing our masks and we need to keep getting vaccinated and try to drive this virus down and see these cases go down," Gov. DeWine said last month after announcing the threshold to end the health orders.
This comes as the state continues to see rising COVID-19 cases, despite increasing coronavirus vaccinations across the state.
In recent weeks, Ohio has also seen a significant uptick in hospitalizations, which DeWine has repeatedly raised concerns over. The governor continues to ask Ohioans to keep up mask-wearing and social distancing as the state works to quickly vaccinate all residents 16-and-over.
You can watch the full 2 p.m. press briefing with Gov. DeWine in the player below:
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