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Gov. DeWine: Ohio Still Battling Virus, Won't Invite GOP Convention

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:18 PM

President Donald Trump was nominated at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday the state won't volunteer for a repeat event this year because of ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. 

"A mass gathering inside is frankly the thing that would scare us the most simply about the spread of the virus," the Republican governor said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The virus is still very, very much here. I don’t know where we will be several months from now. This would not be something we think we would volunteer to do.”

Trump said Tuesday that the convention, which was to have been held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August, will need to move because of "shelter-in-place mode" restrictions ordered by Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper that won't allow Republicans to hold a full and open convention. 

Officials plan to visit several other cities, including Las Vegas, Orlando, Jacksonville, and locations in Georgia, according to reports, but DeWine pointed out that in Ohio, hospitalization numbers have not yet decreased. 

"We have flattened the curve," said DeWine. "Our hospital admissions are something we look at every single day. These numbers are fairly flat but they're not going down so we've reached a plateau."

Through Tuesday, Ohio has reported 36,350 coronavirus cases and 2,258 deaths. Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, is one of the state's hardest-hit counties, with 5,000 cases. 

"We tried to make these decisions based on science, and we've taken the attitude that it's not a question of either/or. It's not a question of do we bring the economy back or do we keep people safe," said DeWine. "We think these two are linked very very closely and frankly if we don't keep people safe, if we don't keep the curve flat it'll be hard to bring the economy back."

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President Donald Trump was nominated at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday the state won't volunteer for a repeat event this year because of ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. "A mass...
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