Their decisions were condemned by President Joe Biden. “The last thing we need is the Neanderthal man who thinks everything will be fine in the meantime. Take off your mask and forget about it,” he said on Wednesday.
DeWine declined to criticize his fellow Republican governors, but said Ohio would continue to do what it did.
“When we put the mask order on and actually started enforcing it, we saw a significant decrease in cases,” he said.
DeWine added, “These masks really, really work, and we’re still at a pretty high level – we’re at 179 cases per 100,000 for two weeks.”
More than 524,000 Americans have died of Covid-19 and nearly 29 million have been diagnosed with it. after Johns Hopkins.
On Fox News Sunday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson defended his decision to simplify some business requirements. And he also noted that Arkansas’ mask mandate will last at least until the end of the month if it is lifted when Covid numbers have improved to certain levels.
“We’re not out of the woods,” he said, “but at the same time, hospitalization and improved therapeutics and vaccines are key because we have more people following guidelines and taking them seriously.” in a pretty good position. If things are going the wrong way, we can take the necessary steps, but people must have hope. “
He also declined to criticize his fellow Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi for their more dramatic moves.
“This just reflects that governors can do it in different ways,” Hutchinson said. “Flexibility, I think, is the model of our states, but for myself and Arkansas I wanted to set a goal and give people hope that we can end the mask mandate.”
Reeves said Sunday he did not want to discourage the use of masks.
“If you haven’t received the vaccination and you walk into a large crowd or if you go out to dinner, I strongly encourage Mississippians and people across the country to wear a mask because I believe they do.” In fact, they are reducing the ability of individuals to spread the virus, “he said on CNN’s State of the Union.
But Reeves also told host Jake Tapper that he – and not his critics – was paying attention to the data, citing Mississippi’s improved Covid numbers as evidence.
“The fact is, all of these people who have been saying for a year now, follow the science, follow the data, and now, when things go bad, want me to ignore the data completely.”