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Rep. Russo statement following record-shattering day of COVID-19 cases in Ohio

October 30, 2020
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) issued a statement Thursday following the news that Ohio reported 3,590 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, yet another new record. This marks the first time Ohio has seen an increase of over 3,000 new cases in a 24 hour period. The previous daily record was set on Saturday, with 2.858 new cases that day.

Today also marks the 141th day Ohio has been without a state health director following the June 11th resignation of Dr. Amy Acton.

“With 78% of Ohioans living in high incidence counties and hospitalizations doubling every two weeks, we need to remain vigilant,” said Rep. Russo.  “If we continue following best practices such as wearing our masks, washing our hands regularly, avoiding indoor gatherings, and maintaining a distance of six feet between each other, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and fight this virus.  Not only will these small steps have a huge impact, but they will also help protect our loved ones and those at high risk.”

During the press conference, Governor DeWine charged local leaders to develop a “COVID-19 Defense Team” to determine the best path forward for their individual communities. House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) tweeted her criticism of that plan, stating that a “county-by-county, city-by-city plan is no substitute for a statewide COVID-19 response.”