Nick McWilliams reporting – New orders are coming down from the Ohio Department of Health, requiring all students to don a mask for fall classes.

The announcement changes previous mandates, which acted solely as a recommendation for children from third grade through 12th.

Governor Mike DeWine says that the new order comes from recommendations from the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and with uncertainty ahead, the decision is aimed at being proactive, rather than reactive.

“Along with the other things that schools are doing, which is keeping the distance, the separation, working on that, and added to that, the other things that they’re doing in regards to sanitation, gives us the best shot that we have, frankly, to have children in school.”

Ohio will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deliver some two million masks for student use for the 2020 school year.

Naturally, teachers and staff are still required until further notice.

Exemptions include students with autism, mental health issues, inability to remove masks themselves or facial deformities which prevent the use of a facial covering.

Ohio saw a relatively low increase in active cases Tuesday when compared to recent days, now sitting at 90,041 confirmed cases, increasing by just over one percent.

Tuscarawas County increased slightly to 38 active cases, with 706 recovered, with three in the hospital and 14 deaths.

Elsewhere, DeWine took a moment to note his continued push for passage of the Strong Ohio bill, on the one-year anniversary of the Dayton shooting. More information about the bill, initially laid out in October of 2019, can be found here.

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