YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke with 27 First Information Friday about COVID, the state of the job market in Ohio, and his future priorities.
DeWine stated regardless of the Omicron variant popping up, he’s optimistic. He says whereas vaccinations within the state have slowed, hundreds of individuals are getting pictures each day.
As of now, he doesn’t have any plans for extra vaccination incentives on the state stage. When requested about President Biden’s remarks saying that there is no such thing as a federal resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeWine stated testing is his greatest concern and getting extra kits.
“We’d like extra testing. We’ve wanted extra, frankly, all through this entire course of. We had been in a position to put out a million testing kits in December, however we don’t have sufficient,” he stated. “Testing is without doubt one of the issues we’re apprehensive about and speaking about this morning with my crew.”
On the state stage, Dewine has 2,000 Nationwide Guard members going to hospitals to help staffing shortages. He stated they’re watching and are ready to ship extra if wanted.
One facet impact of the pandemic has been job loss, resignations and unemployment. DeWine stated there are fewer folks on unemployment within the state than when the pandemic began, main him to see that folks have both left their jobs for higher paying ones or turn out to be self employed. Within the quick run, he says there’s not a lot they will do to repair the issue of individuals resigning.
“The way forward for this state does depend upon how effectively skilled all Ohioans are. We would like each Ohioan to have the ability to have the instruments that they want, the schooling that they should get a good-paying job and have the ability to hold that job and have the ability to elevate a household,” DeWine stated.
DeWine stated schooling is one in every of his prime three focuses within the new 12 months. The opposite two are psychological well being and violent crime.