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The State, fortunately, was not found unprepared. Prior to April 3, 2020, when it recorded its first case, the State had commenced awareness, campaigns on radio, TV, print and social media, including a skit on TV on the importance of handwashing, use of face masks and santizers, which had the Governor himself as one of the principal actors. The Governor's skit was shared over 15,000 times and viewed by over 200,000 people on social media. The State had also fully activated its disease surveillance team and its infectious disease hospital to be able to cater for any case that might present itself
Schools and hospitals had been shut down with political, social and public gatherings banned to limit oppurtunities for the spread of the virus, particulary to the most vulnerable. Educational programmes for students at all levels also commenced on radio and TV. In addition, the interstate borders were largely closed to reduce oppurtunities for continued importation of the virus into the state or outside of the state. The Governor also constituted a COVID-19 palliatives committee, and on April 1, 2020, constituted a fund raising committee to mobilize resources, and allocate such resources to the benefit of the state. Finally the state identified locations for 3 new isolation centers in Ondo, Ikare and Okitipupa with plans to increase the isolation capacity of the state to 400 beds.