Gov. Mike DeWine: Most health orders will lift June 2

Mike De Wine talking on a cell phone Governor Mike De Wine speaks to the media after touring the Clark County COVID vaccine distribution center with his wife Fran at the Upper Valley Mall. BILL LACKEY  STAFF

Ohio governor announces vaccinated residents will be eligible to win $1 million

Governor Mike DeWine emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated, especially getting children vaccinated, in an address Wednesday.

"In December, that number topped more than 800", he said. "It's time. It's time to end the health orders".

Lifting the health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements.

When Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be revoked, the governor said. "Each Ohio citizen will make their own decisions about wearing a mask and social distancing - and when, for them, that's appropriate". "But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic - when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it - is a life lost to COVID-19". "In fact, because the new variant is more contagious, the virus is really more risky than ever". For example, New Jersey recently announced people who got vaccinated could get a free beer.

Governor DeWine hailed the vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna as crucial tools in lowering the case and fatality counts in the Buckeye state.

Teens under the age of 17 who have been vaccinated will have the opportunity to sign up for a lottery, beginning May 18, that will last for five weeks.

The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said.

Also, on Wednesday, May 26th, there will be a drawing for 17 years old and under who have been vaccinated, and the victor will receive a full, four-year scholarship to a State of OH university. And, with 12-17-year-olds now being eligible for vaccinations the state will select one youth from this demographic to win a full four-year scholarship (tuition, lodging, and books) to one of Ohio's state universities. More details are expected in the coming days.

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