Ohio’s health commissioner: ‘We’re getting sick’
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The health commissioner in Ohio has said the state is “getting sick” from a coronavirus outbreak and called for a halt to the spread of the virus.
Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters on Wednesday that “we are getting sick and we need to get out of the state” to avoid the spread.
“We have a lot of health care providers that are seeing their patients and some of them are sick,” he said.
Kasich said he spoke with health officials in the state’s largest city, Columbus, and was told “there’s a lot going on.”
“We need to make sure we’re not putting people in a position where they get sick or die because of the spread,” Kasich said.
“I’ve been working with a lot more doctors and hospitals than I would have expected and we’ve had to make some tough decisions.”
“Our goal has always been to make Columbus a place where we can all come together and be able to come together to work and have a safe environment,” Kasich added.
The governor said Ohio had already seen some of the worst outbreaks of the coronaviruses, which have killed more than 2,500 people across the world since January.
He said the virus could have been contained in Columbus if it had been allowed to spread, and urged people to avoid crowds or large gatherings.
“There’s going to be a time and a place when you have to say, ‘Okay, OK, I’ve got to get outside,’ ” Kasich said, adding that people should be cautious.
The mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman, has been pushing for an extension of the deadline, which is scheduled to expire on March 31.
“The governor has been very clear, there’s going be no public health solution until we get a solution on the ground in Columbus,” Coleman said.
The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday that it was aware of the governor’s comments and is taking steps to ensure that it does not “overstep its authority”.
The department said it had received an email from a doctor, Dr. Thomas Kost, saying that the Ohio Department was “getting out of our community” and urged doctors to be alert to any potential new coronaviral infections.
The state health department also said that while there was no “current risk of spread”, it had a number of additional precautions in place, including keeping all doors closed and locking all vehicles.
Kurtis Alexander, a spokesperson for Coleman, said that the governor was correct and that the state would work with the city to prevent further spread.
The CDC said on Wednesday it has no evidence of any direct link between the spread and the coronavia outbreak.
The outbreak is among the worst in US history, with the US shedding more than 300,000 infections.
In addition to Ohio, there have been reports of the outbreak in California, New York, Georgia and Louisiana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The health commissioner in Ohio has said the state is “getting sick” from a coronavirus outbreak and called for a…