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Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Dismisses Rumor Of FEMA Quarantine Camps

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says there is no truth to the rumor that the government will take children from their parents and put them in FEMA camps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DeWine says he generally doesn’t address rumors, but he’s hearing from Ohioans who are worried about one that’s spreading on the internet, and even being repeated by some Ohio lawmakers. 

“There’s just absolutely no truth in this," DeWine said Tuesday. "There’s no substance in it. It’s just garbage.”

DeWine says there are FEMA facilities and money for people who need to quarantine but have nowhere to go, such as medical workers who don’t want to put their family in danger. However, he says no one will be forced to go to any of these facilities.

The governor says those behind the falsehood put two sets of facts together and wove them into the rumor, which he calls “ridiculous.”

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.