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Coronavirus In Ohio: Acton Says Social Distancing Is Working, Urges Not To Ease Up

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton explains a coronavirus model.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton explains a coronavirus model.

The state is seeing a steady increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and a steeper rise in the number of deaths. However, medical researchers are putting out models showing the potential peak of coronavirus is getting lower.

The latest models show Ohio is slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and bringing the potential peak of the virus to about 1,600 cases a day. A model last month predicted a peak of 10,000 cases a day by mid-April.

Those projections can fluctuate from one day to the next. Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, says this is good news but shows just how important it is for Ohioans to stay home and continue limiting their exposure to others.

"You're succeeding, you're succeeding. But the second you ease back, we'll see yourselves in an outbreak that will really overwhelm our health care system," Acton says.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted added that there is still a sense of urgency and that Ohio is still "deep in the midst of a health crisis."

On Wednesday, there were 193 reported deaths caused by COVID-19. Among those who died was corrections officer John Dawson, who worked at the Marion Correctional Institution.

Husted says, while the models look good, Ohio is still seeing an increase in the number of cases and an increase in deaths.

"Those aren't models. Those are real people. Those are people with families, people with loved ones. And we deeply, deeply care about what happens to them. And we know that we are still in a battle that has to be won," Husted says.

Acton says initial models showed a peak of up to 62,000 cases a day in mid-March had the state done nothing.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.