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DeWine Says Future Decisions On COVID-19 Restrictions Will Not Be Based On Public Opinion

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will allow indoor visiting at nursing homes as cold weather approaches after stopping the practice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

DeWine says he expects an announcement with more details within a week. Long-term care facility residents account for 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state. DeWine  says the decisions on those and other COVID-19 restrictions will be based on medical science, not public opinion. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted attended a rally for President Donald Trump Monday in which both were booed. 

 

DeWine says he acknowledges the tough decisions his administration is making and the frustration that comes with that.  

 

DeWine: "Every decision we've made is based on the best medical science we can get. I'm gonna continue to make decisions that are appropriate, I'm going to continue to work with the state legislature. But getting booed is the way it goes, and I'm not watching the polling." 

 

DeWine says the latest COVID-19 numbers are trending downward and he attributes to the effort people have made to wear masks and stay socially distant. 

 

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