By Deba Uwadiae and Okon Ekpenyong
Columbus Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther will sign an executive order on Friday, September 10, 2021, mandating face mask indoors and in public places to mitigate the rising hospitalizations in the new coronavirus cases in the city.
“New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. The strain on our medical and public health professionals has reached a breaking point. Vaccines are the best defense, but we must do more. I am signing an executive order mandating mask while indoors,” said Mayor Andrew Ginter.
Mayor Andrew Ginther who joined the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts and the region’s chief medical officers to provide an update on new plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Columbus said, “masks add an extra layer of protection — especially for our young children who are too young to be vaccinated.:
“Do your part. Get vaccinated and mask up. We can do this.”
Also, Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said, “as the delta variant continues to surge and we prepare to administer booster vaccines in our community, this vaccine requirement will help protect our workforce and the people we serve from COVID-19 which is spreading like wildfire here and across the country.”
On the vaccination incentive of “Get a free covid-19 vaccine and get $100’ which is expected to end on Friday, September 10, 2021, Commissioner Dr Mysheika Roberts said, “there will be extension of the incentives and it will go into effect on Friday.”
“Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine is eligible to get the $100 vis cash card onsite when they receive the shot.”
She said, however, that the centers will be reduced because of staff strength to operate them.
Over 13,000 persons and an average of 300 a day have been vaccinated since the introduction of the walk-in centers.