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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine issued a health order Tuesday requiring masks for children returning to in-person classes this fall.

The governor pleaded with concerned parents and educators across the state to abide by the state’s health orders as K-12 schools begin to open.

During his briefing Tuesday, DeWine said the mask order for students “gives us the best shot to keep Ohio’s kids and educators safe and physically in school.

New cases in Ohio remain high, with 1,143 reported Tuesday, up from over 900 on Monday, marking a 21-day daily case average of 1,291.

“We all are trying to bring certainty to something we quite candidly cannot bring certainty to,” DeWine said. “We cannot know what the next 3 weeks will bring let alone for the next 3 months or 6 months or 9 months of school.”

DeWine believes, similarly to the statewide mask orders, there needs to be a localized approach to the reopening of schools, as each district “faces a new reality.”

Health officials believe community spread in individual school districts will dictate the outbreaks their schools will face.

The state plans to deliver 2 million masks given by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to regional education service centers, which will distribute to schools across the state, DeWine said.



DeWine also announced Ohio will be joining five other states “to work together” in a bipartisan, interstate compact to expand rapid detection testing as nationwide testing shortages and delays continue.

The first-of-its-kind agreement with Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia was announced Tuesday as each state is trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The agreement between the states is an effort to demonstrate to private manufacturers the need for scaling up production of rapid point-of-care antigen testing, which are simpler, faster and less expensive than the current testing model, DeWine said.

“Time is of the essence,” the governor noted about the demand for faster testing in Ohio as the number of daily cases have been pushing 1,000 for weeks.

The agreement was made in a compact with the Rockefeller Foundation, which plans to facilitate financing mechanisms that can support such a testing system.

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COLUMBUS — Other than Nebraska coach Scott Frost, Ohio State football coach Ryan Day didn’t think anyone should expect an apology after OSU’s 52-17 win over the Cornhuskers in its season opener on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Maybe it wasn’t perfect. But it was a first game and it looked pretty good to the Buckeyes’ coach.

Especially when it was the first game of a season that Day and OSU’s players thought might never happen.

They felt fortunate just to be playing football again.

“That was the first thing I was thinking when I woke up this morning — that I can’t believe that a couple of months ago it really seemed like this wasn’t going to happen,” said All-American offensive guard Wyatt Davis.

When Nebraska took a 7-0 lead four plays into the game and the two teams were tied 14-14 in the middle of the second quarter, it looked like the blowout that almost everyone predicted might not happen.

But OSU outscored the Cornhuskers 38-3 over the last two and a half quarters and looked like a team which could challenge for a spot in the playoffs if it gets some things fixed by next Saturday’s game at Penn State.

The clincher for Ohio State might have an 8-play, 75-yard drive to start the second half that put the Buckeyes in front 31-14.

Fields, who ended the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run, thought it was a game changer. “That’s where the momentum started,” he said.

Fields was one incompletion short of perfection in the passing game, hitting 20 of 21 throws for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown.

His targets might not be quite as diverse as last season just yet, but the big two of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson showed again they are elite receivers. Wilson had 7 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown and Olave caught 6 passes for 104 yards before leaving the game after a big hit late in the third quarter.

Trey Sermon and Master Teague shared the running back position almost evenly, with Sermon rushing for 55 yards on 11 carries and Teague picking up 41 yards on 12 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said, “Overall, it was a good game and I was really proud of the way we played.

“The No. 1 goal is to go 1-0. The expectations are high but the reality of it is just to go 1-0 is a great day. I’m very proud of what we did today. If someone had said, ‘You can hold them to 17 points today I would have signed on the bottom line,” he said.

Maybe his biggest regret is that Ohio State put a final touchdown on the scoreboard in the final 2:53 of the game with freshman quarterback Jack Miller running the ball into the end zone from two yards out with 18 seconds to play.

“I’m going to text Scott (Nebraska coach Scott Frost). If I could do it again I would have taken a knee. I probably should have done that and I want to publicly apologize to Scott,” he said.

Fields said, “We didn’t come into the game with expectations. We just wanted to play hard and play our game. Our main goal was just a win.”

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