Ohio AAP Here to Help You Protect and Preserve Pediatrics After Governor DeWine’s Call to Action During Yesterday’s Press Conference

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In a statewide address from his office in the Statehouse tonight Governor DeWine said that the state is at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic and implored Ohioans to take appropriate action to reverse the rapidly increasing spread of the virus.

“Today, more Ohioans are getting sick than at any previous point in this pandemic. We are sliding down a very dangerous path, with our once flattened-curve starting to sharpen and spike,” said Governor DeWine. “This is a worrisome, disturbing reversal of our progress — a jarring reminder of just how quickly our fate can change.”

Governor DeWine commended Ohioans for doing their part at the beginning of the pandemic. However, with positive cases increasing, he reminded Ohioans that the choices they make today will impact the spread of the virus in the coming weeks. During the speech, grounded in scientific evidence and data, Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans about the efficacy of facial coverings to protect themselves, loved ones, friends, neighbors and other citizens. He also renewed the call to socially distance and limit public gatherings.

“I am calling on all Ohioans to once again unite. We must work together, support each other, and help each other through this challenging time. I’ve seen you do this. I know you can do this. Ohioans can continue to help our most vulnerable, while also protecting ourselves and our families. Together, we can be the Ohio where our hospitals are not overwhelmed, where our schools can open, where sports can start, and where our economy can continue to grow, Governor DeWine added.

A video of the address is available on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.
For more information about Covid-19, including testing locations, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.


Ohio AAP joins Governor DeWine in his call for action, “We must act now!” Ohio AAP has been working to preserve and protect pediatrics as well as advocate for data and science since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our dedicated COVID-19 resource page (http://ohioaap.org/covid19resources) has been consistently curated and maintained to ensure we have up to date news and information for our members and the families of Ohio. Please continue to refer to this site for important updates and materials.

We also know that during the peak of COVID-19, total visits to pediatric offices dropped a staggering 60%, MMR immunization rates fell 50% and HPV immunizations plummeted 70%. Though we are starting to turn the corner, some sick visits are still down 20% or more in practices. This is why now more than ever it is vital from both a patient and financial standpoint that your practice is seeing an increased number of well visits following best practice guidelines and proven strategies.  Ohio AAP has a practice coaching program that will provide custom practice facilitation (virtually or in-office) that will identify your strengths and weaknesses related to well visit rates and to provide resources and support for your unique practice needs.

To learn more or enroll today, contact Kristen Fluitt, MS at kfluitt@ohioaap.org.

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