DeWine: A plan is being developed for Ohio's transition back to work, 'living our lives'

Three takeaways for Thursday
DeWine: We're working on plan of how we come back from this

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During Thursday's press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine indicated a potential light at the end of the tunnel for Ohioans for what comes ahead.

The governor said he and a team are working on a path on how the state will come out of this and get back to work.

During the week, DeWine and state leaders offered an optimistic outlook as far as Ohio's projected peak surge goes. On Wednesday, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton showed a modeling that projected up to 1,600 new cases a day. That's compared to nearly 10,000 new cases a day that had been projected in the past.

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DeWine said Thursday that these scenarios are based on a belief that Ohioans will continue social distancing.

“We’ve hit a home run. We’ve done a great job. So is it time to celebrate? No. The game is not over," he said. "So, if we continue to do what were doing, the numbers you have seen projected — the curve — that will continue. If we let up, that will not continue."

As far as what happens next, DeWine reminded the state that it's not like the flip of a switch. He said a team including Lieutenant Gov. John Husted, Acton and others are working on a plan that will be laid out in the coming weeks on how the state will transition back to a sense of normalcy.

"We’re working on a fairly sophisticated plan. This plan based upon a number of different things. We’re not gonna lay that out today, it’s not done. It is a work in progress, but its coming along, and in the next week or so, we’re gonna share that plan with you," he said.

While DeWine did not provide an exact date on when the plan would be shared or what it entailed, he said it will come in place once we "achieved what we need to achieve."

"I wanted to give you an indication that we’re working just as hard, just as hard, on how we come back from this as we were when we focused on stay-at-home orders — shutting down," he said. "But we need each and every one of you to continue what we have been doing. That’s the only way we are going to get to the point where we can move forward."

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