OH reports 1,449 new coronavirus cases

Mike De Wine wearing a suit and tie

Mike De Wine wearing a suit and tie

The address is expected to cover the state's plan moving forward, and potentially dropping certain restrictions.

The state also will begin mobilizing vaccination resources Thursday to administer the shots to children 12 years and older, following FDA and CDC approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 inoculation for that age group. Orders for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will remain in place.

"What you have done has truly worked", he said.

When Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be revoked, the governor said. He said this is simply a transition into Ohioans making their own decisions about wearing a mask, social distancing and how to protect themselves.

As US officials scramble to convince citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19, one state is putting its money where its mouth is - offering millions in lottery prizes for those who have received an injection.

Covid: Nottingham surge testing after Indian variant rise
The most glaring development was that the United Kingdom variant had been detected in a sequence from a community transmission. The WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan agreed.

Adults who have gotten at least their first dose of the vaccine will be eligible, and winners will be selected once a week for five weeks.

An online portal to register for this drawing will open up on May 18. Almost five million Ohioans have received at least one COVID-19 immunization at the time of writing, and vaccine enthusiasm has begun to slow as skepticism has continued to climb.

The pool of names for the drawing will be taken from the Ohio Secretary of State's publicly available voter registration database, and the state will make available a webpage for people to sign up for the drawings if they are not in the database. I know that some may say, "DeWine, you're insane!"

Further details and contest rules will be announced by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission next week.

The money will come from existing federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.

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