Ohio’s COVID-19 curfew likely to be eased as hospitalizations remain below 3,500

Ohio's COVID-19 curfew will likely be relaxed Thursday after hospitalizations remained below 3,500 on Wednesday.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Ohio remained below 3,500 Wednesday, triggering the relaxation of state-instituted overnight curfews on residents.

The Ohio Hospital Association reported 2,944 patients receiving hospitalized care with COVID-19, down from 2,963 Tuesday and the seventh day in a row below 3,500.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans Tuesday to ease curfew hours if current coronavirus hospitalizations dropped below certain levels for seven consecutive days. With Wednesday’s total, restrictions on residents’ after-hours movements from their homes will shift from 10 p.m.–5 a.m. to 11 p.m.–5 a.m. for the next two weeks.

“Today’s numbers did meet the policy the governor announced yesterday,” said DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney.

A revised health order will be drafted Wednesday evening to change the curfew time effective Thursday night, Tierney said. 

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