Live video: Ohio Gov. DeWine holds COVID-19 news conference

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday afternoon.

DeWine said he spoke with local health departments about getting high school students, ages 16, 17 and 18, vaccinated. At this time, Pfizer is the only vaccination approved for those under 18. They will need a permission slip. The governor said he wants to get college students and high school students inoculated before school is out.

DeWine expressed growing concerns about COVID-19 variants and the hotspots in Michigan.

The governor was joined by Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud, who explained new consolidated health orders. The orders emphasized wearing masks at all occasions indoors.

“Our understanding of this virus and how it spreads is far more advanced that it was when we first learned of it,” McCloud said.

She stressed sticking to groups of 10 people or less when at events. Those groups need to be 6 feet apart. People need to stay seating while eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and banquet facilities.

“We are very much in the thick of things with COVID-19 and our cases continue to grow,” said Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. “This spring surge of variants is happening in Ohio.”

“Simple steps can save lives and put this pandemic behind use.”

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