Ohio To Lift All Pandemic Health Orders

Lawmaker Lift Ohio health orders June 23 De Wine to give statewide address 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

One state is upping the stakes when it comes to giving people an incentive to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Orders for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will remain in place. What you have done has really worked!

"And now, we have a powerful weapon that is nearly 100 percent effective in beating the virus", Governor DeWine said in his remarks.

Businesses and schools will still be able to require masks and social distancing, if they choose to do so.

Once a week, for five weeks, one adult over the age of 18 who has been vaccinated and is a resident of OH will be chosen to win the money, DeWine said.

The governor also announced that, beginning on May 26th, for five Wednesdays the state will hold a drawing for adults who have received the vaccine with the victor each weekday getting $1 million.

An electronic portal will be opened Tuesday, May 18 for registration.

In a separate drawing for OH adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, the prize will be $1 million.

Starting Wednesday, May 26, vaccinated Ohioans 17 and younger will be entered into drawings for a full, four-year scholarship to any state university. "You've bravely fought this virus", said Governor DeWine.

The money for the drawings will come from existing federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. "This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money, '" DeWine said.

Over the past two weeks, that number is at 140.2, according to the Ohio Department of Health's latest data. Citing data from the Cleveland Clinic, almost 100% of those hospitalized recently from the COVID-19 vaccine have been people who were not vaccinated, DeWine said.

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