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New pressure on Ohio governor, once hailed for virus action

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 11:55 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor won wide praise for his quick response early during the coronavirus outbreak. Now he’s facing criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Some think Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s edicts have gone too far and others believe he’s backed down from protecting the public. His early aggressive moves have been tilting lately toward messages of personal responsibility. But now with the virus surging again in Ohio, DeWine is requiring masks in just the hardest hit counties even as some states are issuing wider and stricter measures. The Ohio governor says he’s worried about controlling the virus, not his critics.

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