I am from Ohio, where they say we are the heart of all. How true this is is up for debate on several fronts, but I believe it is true regarding how our governor, Mike DeWine, is handling the pandemic.
In the spirit of disclosure, I do lean a little to the left on certain issues and a little to the right on others. I did not vote for DeWine, but am thoroughly impressed with his handling of the health crisis here in Ohio.
He has stressed the importance of placing people’s safety and welfare above politics, even going as far as to postpone the Democratic primary out of concern for the safety of voters and poll workers.
He can’t do everything perfect, but his decision to issue a Stay-At-Home order was the right decision, in order to stem the spread and was based on evidence reviewed and discussed with Dr. Acton, the state’s leading health official. (update: The order has been extended to May 1st since this article’s submission in mid March)
It is his ability, nay his wisdom, to know when to step aside and defer to authorities such as Dr. Acton is also of import, as he is aware of his own limitations in understanding the details and the scope of what the infection can do unchecked and the further risk put to the populace by excluding experts like Dr. Acton and her colleagues.
He acted swiftly and continues to hold daily press briefings from the statehouse in Columbus, where he strives to press the importance of people’s safety, common sense, and unity.
He is calm, reassuring, and knows the value of providing clear and understandable information of what’s happening in the state of Ohio day by day. What he says at times is difficult to hear, from further closures, dwindling medical supplies, and increasing deaths, he speaks to the residents of Ohio as intelligent adults and reminds us that he and the rest of the state and its various mechanisms are in this fight with us.
Let’s hope that others take notice and follow suit.