Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded Tuesday, August 17 with schools to establish masking requirements in their classrooms as the number of Ohioans newly infected with coronavirus again climbed above the 3,000 threshold.
“To all those who are making decisions right now about our schools, if you’re not requiring masks, please, please, please think about this action,” he said. “At the very least, consider doing it for the next few weeks when we know the virus spread level will be very high. We can always go back to no masks once the virus spread is reduced.”
And if school officials don’t require masks, parents should take the responsibility to protect their own children with masks as the more virulent delta variant takes aim particularly at the unvaccinated. Children under the age of 12 remain ineligible for available vaccines.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 3,235 new cases, pulling the 21-day daily average up to 1,945. The three-week average threatens to reach levels not seen since last winter before the more virulent variant took hold as the dominant coronavirus strain in the state.