Ohio expected to lift curfew as COVID-19 hospitalizations stay below 2,500

Written By : Jen Steer from Fox 8

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are expected to lift the statewide curfew on Thursday.

DeWine moved the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to 11 p.m. on Jan. 28 and said it would be reevaluated in two weeks. The governor said if COVID-19 hospitalizations stayed below 3,000 for seven consecutive days, the curfew will be moved to midnight and if they remained under 2,500 for a week, it will be eliminated.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has been under 2,500 since Feb. 2. On Tuesday, there were 1,974 hospitalizations.

The statewide curfew, aimed at reducing person-to-person contact to prevent the spread of coronavirus, originally went into effect on Nov. 19 and was intended to run for 21 days. It was extended over the holidays.

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