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Masks On

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wears a mask before his coronavirus press conference on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the collision of science and politics as Gov. Mike DeWine mandates wearing face masks in 12 counties with fast-rising COVID-19 cases.

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In this week's episode:
DeWine Mandates Masks

The governor has made wearing a face mask mandatory in 12 Ohio counties where the state says there is very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Masks must be worn inside public settings as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Other counties that start to experience high spread will also fall under the mandate. Hamilton County and Cuyahoga County are on the verge of being elevated to the highest level under the state's Public Health Advisory System due to extreme exposure and spread of the disease.

The move comes after many communities like Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland, and Cincinnati - as well as Central Ohio suburbs like Bexley, Dublin, Grandview Heights, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Whitehall and Worthington - already enacted face mask mandates. 

DeWine tried to implement a state-wide mask mandate for consumers inside businesses back in late April, only to reverse course the next day after feedback from businesses. 

Snollygoster Of The Week: Nino Vitale

Ultra conversative State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) is urging people to stop getting tested for COVID-19. Vitale, who is from the same hometown of Rep. Jim Jordan, falsely claims getting tested for the coronovirus "gives the government an excuse to claim something that is happening at the magnitude that they say it has happened." 

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Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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