Governor Mike DeWine says Ohio has now reached the most crucial phase of the coronavirus pandemic. In an evening address to the state, the governor gave Ohioans a reality check on the march of the virus across the state. DeWine says every single one of Ohio's 88 counties now has a high rate of spread of the virus.
Yesterday's case numbers reported by the Ohio Department of Health was more than 5800--lower than Tuesday's numbers but still well above the numbers we were posting just in September.
The governor says we are battling our third wave of the coronavirus but this time the fight is more widespread and intense. DeWine says if Ohioans do not get back to the basics of masks, social distancing and hand washing, we are on track to overwhelm our hospitals and healthcare workers.
He reissued the state of emergency for the state, updated the statewide mask mandate, and placed the onus on stores to ensure compliance by workers and employees.
DeWine did not issue any new shutdowns but said that could again come into play in just a week for bars, restaurants, and fitness centers if the situation in Ohio does not improve.
The coronavirus pandemic upended lives in ways large and small and continues to do so as we head toward the end of 2020. Beyond the public health emergency created by the virus, there have been changes to individual healthcare from how we interface with our doctors to how we manage to care for ourselves both physically and emotionally during these difficult times. As we have seen in the manufacturing sector, COVID-19 brings together organizations as we navigate the changing landscape created by the pandemic. University Hospitals and NASA collaborated earlier this summer on ways to decontaminate personal protective equipment or PPE.
The Geauga Lake and Sea World Amusement parks remain a part of the collective memories of Northeast Ohioans, even though the parks have been shuttered well over a decade now.
Efforts to redevelop the remnants of the two park sites moved forward recently with the sale of 377-acres of land to Industrial Commercial Properties or ICP of Solon. It plans a mixed-use development on the site including retail, office and residential homes.
The developer says it plans to include elements that pays tribute to the original amusement park use of the site--which dates from 1877. ICP says the development will carry the name Geauga Lake District.
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