Acton warned that there was going to be a surge during yesterday's briefing, but said that she wanted people to be optimistic.
Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton has become a familiar face to many Ohioans who listen to her daily coronavirus briefings alongside Governor Mike DeWine.
Widely admired for her calm and optimistic approach, yesterday's briefing was no exception. Acton warned that there was going to be a surge, and we're going to have a couple of hard weeks ahead, but that she wanted people to be optimistic.
"Our social distancing has absolutely had an impact," Acton said. "The moves we're making are taking so much pressure off our hospital system. We are making a difference but we cannot let up. The second we let up, it unravels."
Then, looking directly looking into the camera, she addressed Ohioans directly.
"People at home." Acton said. "You all are moving mountains. You are saving lives. I get emotional talking about this because this is no small thing that we are doing together. It is so incredibly hard to have shut down our lives the way we have. I am absolutely certain you will look back and know that you helped save each other in this state."
There have now been 142 deaths across the state, an increase of 23 over the previous day, the largest increase in deaths to date. The total number of cases in Ohio has risen to 4,450, with 1,214 requiring hospitalization.