Coronavirus Updates & Information

CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
New #COVID19 data posted to http://coronavirus.ohio.gov. The number of cases in #Ohio is believed to be much higher.
Confirmed cases: 1,653
Illness onset date range: 02/07/20 – 03/28/20
Age range: < 1 – 98 years, median 52 years
29 confirmed fatalities
403 hospitalizations

SUNDAY 3/29 UPDATE: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted said in a press relese that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided to limit the use of Battelle Technology’s surgical mask sterilization system, authorizing the Columbus-based non-profit to only sterilize 10,000 a day.
Battelle calls this machine the CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™, which is intended to decontaminate N95 respirators that are currently in short supply around the world.
Gov. Mike DeWine made a public appeal to the FDA during his COVID-19 coronavirus briefing on Saturday, March 28. He asked that it green light Battelle Technology’s new sterilization system so that could clean 160,000 surgical masks a day.
The decision to limit Battelle also means that the non-profit can only sterilize the 10,000 masks in Columbus. This prevents it from sending its machines to other states as it intended. States like New York and Washington, as well as Washington D.C. and the Virginia/Maryland areas.
DeWine and Husted said in the release that they plan to continue fighting for increased use of Battelle’s sterilization system.

UPDATE 3/29:   A fourth confirmed case of coronavirus has been reported in Wayne County.  The majority of people with COVID-19 will experience mild or moderate symptoms. Testing is not necessary and self-care is recommended. Tylenol or acetaminophen can be used for fever and cough medicine for coughs. As a reminder, the health department does not conduct COVID-19 testing. Testing of the general public is not recommended and is based on a number of clinical guidelines. The health department’s goal is to minimize the spread of this virus.

Friday UPDATE 3/27:
Governor DeWine said that the Cleveland Clinic, in their models, believes that Coronavirus within about 2 weeks will kick in much harder. They project we may not hit the peak until mid-May.  The possibility exists of as many as 10,000 new cases a day.

Thursday UPDATE 3/26:
The state’s top health official said Ohioans need to continue to isolate themselves to reduce the number of coronavirus cases ahead of a projected surge that could reach 6,000 to 8,000 new cases a day around May 1.  Dr. Amy Acton said new modeling by researchers suggests that the addition of 163 more cases on Thursday — increasing the statewide total to 867 — will seem small in about five weeks.  The number of statewide COVID-19 deaths also increased by six, to at least 16, on Thursday.  Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said an estimated 40% to 70% of Ohioans will be infected by the virus by the time it runs its course through the state, although many people will show no symptoms or only get mildly ill. Limited testing may never confirm the projected thousands of new daily cases.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Dr. Amy Acton has signed a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans effective through April 6th.
– You can leave the home for essential activities: grocery shopping, work that is deemed essential, etc.
DeWine noted that other states, which include New York, California and Illinois, have issued similar mandates, with some calling them “shelter-in-place” orders. He said he preferred “stay at home” but that the effect is essentially the same.
“Time is of the essence and we have to buy that time,” DeWine said.
DeWine said the order allows exceptions, such as going to the grocery store, restaurant carryout, going to a park (but not use of playground equipment), taking care of neighbors or family members, weddings and funerals.

For a complete explanation of the stay at home order:  Check the link below.

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/stay-at-home-information/stay-at-home-order-frequently-asked-questions?fbclid=IwAR1ax069EknWCyNL6iIuLNzXbLw5zYB5C1iF2V1-5p3Uirn66dfHojf8bUg

More on businesses staying open:
If your business is part of the essential supply chain, you can stay open. BUT: You must ensure a clean, safe workplace. If you can’t do that, you should not be open.

Most companies have been able to do #SocialDistancing. Most have been able to adjust do that. Our request is for manufacturers to keep social distancing. They should also keep a healthy environment, make sure employees are not sick,

We fully expect that companies that are open, that they must follow safety measures. Employees must feel safe. There has to be distance. Employees shouldn’t be there if they are sick. If they violate that, the companies would be violating the law.

OHIO needs PPE’s:
 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today continued to remind Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.

Taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

  • 36 pairs of gloves
  • 14 gowns
  • 3 pairs of goggles
  • 13 N-95 face masks.

The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email [email protected].
Staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.

DAYCARE: Ohio will impose new restrictions on state daycares to try to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine.
New restrictions will limit classroom size to six children, and will be designed to group children whose parents work together in the same center. It sets ratios at one teacher to six children, and will be designed to limit the use of shared space.

CHILD CARE/DAY CARE
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines:

  • There should be no more than six children in a class.
  • Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children.
  • Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.
  • The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.
  • There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups.
  • If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.
  • Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up.

The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed.

LATEST ON CHILD CARE/DAY CARE: 

Governor DeWine announced  that any child care facility that remains open to care for children under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license must give priority to families on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Placement of children must first be offered to kids with parents who are healthcare workers, first responders, hospital and clinic staff, pharmacy staff, children service workers, adult protection workers, developmental disability aides, mental health counselors, psychiatrists psychologists, nursing home workers, elder care workers, home health care workers, and dentists.

Any remaining childcare openings will be open to other families.

Parents can enroll now. A full list of child care centers operating under the special license can be found at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc.

Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources in one place at: http://Coronavirus.ohio.gov/BusinessHelp

This portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc.

REMINDER FROM WOOSTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
As COVID-19 continues to grow as a public health concern in our communities, all of us have a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting vulnerable populations. Wooster Community Hospital would like to remind the public that the vast majority of people who are infected with COVID-19 will have mild/moderate symptoms and will not require hospitalization. These symptoms include a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, tiredness and body aches.If you have mild symptoms the best thing you can do is stay home and self-isolate, practicing frequent hand hygiene and limiting close contact with others.If you develop worsening symptoms, we recommend that you contact your Primary Care Provider, have a virtual visit using our WCH Today Care app or call the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4ASKODH. 1-833-427-5634.The current CDC guidelines require patients to meet specific criteria in order to be tested for COVID-19. Wooster Community Hospital is currently only able to test patients who are sick enough to be admitted to the hospital. We are not able to test on an outpatient basis at this time. As testing becomes more available, we will communicate this information out to the public.If you are experiencing severe symptoms, visit the emergency department or call 911.Wash your hands, maintain social distancing and stay well. Thank you.

GOV. MIKE DEWINE
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Governor DeWine on Thursday also announced that he has signed an executive order to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohio Medicaid recipients and their providers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS
The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period. This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

Has your job been impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Visit: unemployment.ohio.gov

If you’ve already filed an application, you do not need to add the mass-layoff number. Your application will still be processed.

Here is the website for ODJFS: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.
Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing [email protected]

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.
Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to [email protected] Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.

The state will also extend unemployment benefits to workers affected by the coronavirus, including workers who don’t have paid leave. That will include workers whose employers have closed because of the virus and people forced to self-quarantine by a physician or employer.
The state will also eliminate the one-week waiting period to receive benefits and the requirement beneficiaries be actively seeking work.
The state’s unemployment benefits website is www.unemployment.ohio.gov

Ohioans with questions about coronavirus are encouraged to call the state’s toll-free help line,
1-833-4-ASK-ODH or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.