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Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Says Mask Order May Cover 'A Lot More Counties' This Week

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview in Columbus in this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo.

Ohio’s governor says an order requiring masks to be worn in public may include “a lot more counties” next week as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state.

Gov. Mike DeWine said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he is still considering a statewide mask mandate.

On Thursday, the Republican governor ordered Ohio residents in 19 counties, including almost 60% of the population, to wear a mask in public.

DeWine said the increase in COVID-19 is occurring in bars, churches and out-of-state travel.

“But a lot of it, frankly, is just people in casual settings, 20, 30, 40, 50 people gathering together," DeWine says.

Last Friday, DeWine vetoed a bill from the Ohio legislature that would have lowered the fines and eliminated jail time for violating health orders.