Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine: Fatigue, cold weather to blame for COVID-19 spike

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine: Fatigue, cold weather to blame for COVID-19 spike


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday that weariness and the colder weather are to blame for the mounting COVID-19 crisis in his state, where cases have doubled and hospitalizations have spiked by 85% from two weeks ago.

“There’s the fatigue that’s set in,” Mr. DeWine, a Republican, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He said hospitals are “certainly not overwhelmed yet,” though some major hospitals have deferred elective surgeries — an early sign there could be a problem.

“We don’t like to see that. We don’t like to see any kind of health care delays,”  Mr. DeWine said.

Mr. DeWine said a vaccine will usher in sunnier days, though no one should be complacent. He said grocery store clerks and other public-facing employees have a right to expect that customers will wear masks and take other precautions.

“We just have to tough it out for a few more months,” the governor said.

Once the shots are delivered, he plans

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