COVID-19

MANSFIELD -- Gov. Mike DeWine will deliver a statewide broadcast on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to "discuss the critical stage Ohio is at in battling COVID-19 and its impact on Ohio moving forward," according to a press release from his office.

The broadcast will be made available to networks in the state and also streamed live on the Ohio Channel website: http://ohiochannel.org.

The governor cancelled his planned Tuesday 2 p.m. press conference, his office announced.

On Monday, DeWine assembled a press conference that included medical leaders from around the state, who cautioned residents the ongoing recent rise in the spread of COVID-19 around the state is not sustainable -- in terms of physical hospital space or for hospital staff members.

"We are grappling with unprecedented COVID-19 numbers and they are impacting every community. Our hospitals statewide are approaching maximum capacity. We are exhausting the available supply of trained personnel. We need your help with masking, distancing and hand hygiene," said Dr. Bruce Vanderhof, announced last week as the Ohio Department of Health's chief medical officer

"If we don't control the spread, we won't be able to continue caring for the acutely ill without postponing important, but less urgent, care. This kind of shift could happen in a matter of weeks if trends don't change. We are seeing an increasing demand on our staffing. Every county in the state is feeling the brunt," said Vanderhof,  who had been the senior vice president and chief medical officer for OhioHealth.

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