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"There is light at the end," Governor DeWine says of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio

The governor addresses Ohioans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, topping 7,000 new cases on Thursday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During Thursday afternoon's press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine addressed comments he made Wednesday evening as well as the state's ongoing battle with COVID-19. 

"We've got to get control of this, we've got to really focus on it," Governor DeWine said on Thursday. "I quoted, uh attributed, Winston Churchill last night that 'when you're going through hell, you keep going.'" 

The Ohio Governor said that despite increasingly high Coronavirus numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel.

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"Some people have asked me today, 'well, what's the takeaway from last night's speech,' and that really is it, it's hope," DeWine said. "We are going to get through this."

DeWine said that right now is not the time to get complacent, but that doubling down on efforts to control the virus is crucial.

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"This is a time when we've got to regroup and get through this. I'm not a marathon runner, some of my kids have run marathons, they tell me when you get well into it and think 'I've already done all this, but I've got a ways to go,'" DeWine said of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "That's maybe, in some respects, the toughest time. But we can do this," the Governor continued. 

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Furthermore, DeWine stressed the importance of continued mask-wearing and social distancing, especially going into the winter months, and what is commonly referred to as "the dark season" because of the cold and flu.

You can watch the entire Thursday afternoon press briefing in the player below: