COLUMBUS – State Rep. Hicks-Hudson(D-Toledo) issued a statement Wednesday following the news that Ohio reported 2,366 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, a new record and the sixth day in the last week with over 2,000 new daily cases. Hospitalizations also reached a new high, with a total of 1,252 Ohioans in the hospital for COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
“With Lucas County still being red and 145 new cases reported, I urge all residents to wear a mask, continue to social distance, and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds in accordance with CDC recommendations. Voters need to feel safe when they’re voting, students and teachers need to be safe in the classroom, and workers and businesses need safe spaces to provide goods and services. I urge everyone to wear your masks,” said Hicks-Hudson.
For months, House Democrats have called on Republican House leadership to require masks inside the Ohio Statehouse. Most recently, State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) called on Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) to implement a mask mandate.