Governor Mike DeWine held his latest coronavirus briefing this afternoon in Columbus and expressed worry about a spike in cases following the upcoming Labor Day weekend. DeWine said that in a call with the White House COVID 19 task force they asked governors to get the message out to their citizens “They have a grave concern about Labor Day coming up ... We must remember that whenever there is more activity there’s going to be more cases."
According to the ODH another 1,453 Ohioans tested positive for the virus as of Tuesday which is above a three-week average of 1,037 new cases reported each day. It also marks the highest number of newly reported ones a day since the end of July which DeWine blames on the return to school and college campus openings.
Meanwhile a group calling itself Ohio Stands Up is taking the governor to court to have his emergency orders revoked. Thomas Renz, a Fremont attorney, said “We believe that the response to COVID-19 has been the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American Public." “The object of this legal action is to force the state to honor the constitution and to stop the lies, manipulation and fear-mongering intentionally being promoted by public health officials and elected officials.”
The 56 page lawsuit claims state officials have intentionally misled the public and overstated the seriousness of the virus.