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Three times virus reaches daily record

Three times last week the number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio reached a new daily record. Three times.

There was also a record number of new hospitalizations for the virus last week.

Last Wednesday, another 66 Buckeye State residents died of the virus.

“To frivolize these lives as I hear some people doing, I just do not understand it,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. He was referring to a comment made earlier in the week in which someone mentioned the state had “ONLY lost eight people” that day.

Since March, well more than 5,000 people have died of the virus in this state. Some of them have died because, frankly, the people around them did not take seriously the scientific information we have been given day in and day out for months.

Instead, they chose to believe the virus is a hoax, or “like the flu.” If it is real at all — and not some shadowy political ploy — it isn’t a big deal, they claim. Clinging to that narrative, or having a flippant attitude about being young and strong (and not caring about the possibility of transmitting the virus to someone else), is flatly irresponsible. Families across Ohio are grieving right now because of it.

These are, by the way, some of the same folks who squawked loudest during restrictions designed to stem the spread of this killer. And while DeWine says, for now, he is not considering new restrictions, it is not an idea he is able to abandon.

COVID-19 is not going away. It is not going to spread more slowly because that is what is convenient for us and we’re tired of doing the right thing for the people around us. Yes, a vaccine is being developed. Yes, there is some hope we could have one beginning as early as January. Maybe.

But in the meantime, for goodness sake ladies and gentlemen, take this seriously. Wear your masks, avoid social gatherings, use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands … use your heads. If not for you, then for the people around you. If not because you take the virus seriously, then because you take our state’s economic wellbeing seriously.

This is not a time to be selfish. Now is the time to be smart and safe. Do it for someone you love.

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