DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday called the storming of the U.S. Capitol a sad day in history of the United States.

"It was a dark day in the history of this great republic," he said during his briefing on Ohio's coronavirus response.
 
“Thugs stormed our capitol building,” DeWine said. “What happened yesterday (Wednesday) was despicable.”
 
In his remarks, DeWine described the pro-Trump mob's assault on the Capitol building as a "direct attack on the Constitution, on everything we hold dear," noting that it had occurred while the Electoral College votes were being counted.
 
"President Trump’s continued refusal to accept the election results without producing credible evidence of a rigged election has started a fire that has threatened to burn down our democracy," DeWine also said.
 
"This incendiary speech yesterday, the one he gave proceeding the march, that he gave to protesters served only to fan those flames, encouraging the mob behavior that ensued," DeWine said on Thursday. 
 
DeWine thanked Vice President Mike Pence and the House and Senate for finishing the work of certifying the election results, which occurred early Thursday when Congress confirmed former Vice President Joe Biden as winner of the 2020 presidential election.
 
"The system worked," DeWine said. "The Constitution held."
 
In his coronavirus briefing, DeWine COVID-19 cases have jumped dramatically in Ohio.
 
He said Ohio residents 80 and older on Jan 19 will be able to start getting coronavirus vaccines.
 
The Ohio Department of Health has approximately 1,700 providers already registered to distribute vaccinations and will add more, he said in his briefing and on Twitter. 
 
Also, this coming Wednesday and Thursday, the state is asking local emergency management agencies to hold a press conference announcing where vaccinations will be available in their counties and how individuals can receive them, DeWine said.
 
"Some providers may require appointments, some may hold drive-up clinics or take walk-ins, but we expect every provider to clearly state how they will administer vaccinations to eligible individuals," DeWine said.
 
Next Thursday, Jan. 14, the state plans to launch an online tool at coronavirus.ohio.gov where individuals will be able to see who is distributing vaccinations in their counties to what eligible group, he said.
 
All but four of Ohio's 88 counties on Thursday were in the red level in the state's color-coded coronavirus advisory system. Richland is among the "red" counties.
 
Red represents very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.
 

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