In the last weeks of October, parts of the Ohio Valley saw coronavirus records broken almost every day. In the Ohio Valley, Kentucky and Ohio set new records for hospitalizations due to COVID-19, and Kentuckyreported the most positive cases in a single week since the pandemic began — 9,335. West Virginia, which has been insulated from the worst of the pandemic also saw a surge in cases.
The Governors of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky have pleaded with people to stop the spread of the virus, wear masks and social distance. During press briefings, all the governors repeatedly warned that more cases could lead to more restrictions.
“We just can't do it twice — or we certainly don't want to do it twice,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Tuesday when asked about another shut down. DeWine said that if counties and cities don’t do their part to fight the spread then, “We will be shut down because the spread will be so bad.”