COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) issued a statement today following the news that Ohio broke its single-day record of COVID-19 cases with 2,039 in the last single 24 hours, according to the Ohio Department of Health. This is the first day over 2,000 cases since the pandemic began.
“As far as I am aware, Ohio still remains without a permanent health director after the ill-fated loss of Dr. Amy Acton. With the announcement of over 2,000 cases today, we are clearly headed in the wrong direction. I am calling on the Governor and his administration to follow the science after we fill the position left by the departure of Dr. Acton.
In addition, I am calling for all Ohioans to consider staying home more, if they can afford to do so. I know these are difficult times for some because everyone cannot afford to stay home; hardworking Ohioans want to work and I understand that. However, now is the time for us to sacrifice for the greater good.
Finally, I call upon Speaker Cupp to prepare for the return of the legislature by implementing technology that other states have adopted so we may continue the work of the people. This is long overdue. Unfortunately, today we know that the virus spreads even when Republican legislators refuse to acknowledge a problem and maybe even because they themselves refuse to follow the science to put on a mask and practice social distancing,” said Rep. Galonski.
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.