Coronavirus Updates & Information

OHIO’S CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
Confirmed & probable cases: 35,984
Illness onset date range: 02/07/20 – 06/1/20
Age range: < 1 – 109 years, median 49 years
2,206 fatalities
6,112 hospitalizations

Locally, Wayne County has 277 confirmed cases and 50 deaths.  Ashland County has 20 cases and Holmes County has 43 cases and one death.  Medina County is reporting 346 cases, including 24 deaths, and Stark County now has 736 cases and 92 deaths.

All of the state’s numbers can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov

OHIOANS PROTECTING OHIOANS URGENT HEALTH ADVISORY:

Governor DeWine today released details of the new “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory” which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.

“Ohioans take care of Ohioans because that is at the core of who we are, and that is how we are going to save our economy,” said Governor DeWine. “What this comes down to now is that each of us has a responsibility to each other to slow the spread.  No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.”

The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.

The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged.

In addition, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are exhibiting the symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, remain prohibited from entering the state of Ohio unless they are doing so under medical orders for purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency medical services EMS, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for the purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio.

OHIO BWC TO PROVIDE FACE COVERINGS TO EMPLOYERS: 

Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC.

Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings. These packages will be shipped in batches beginning tomorrow.

The masks, which are intended to support and enhance any workforce safety and health efforts businesses already have in place, are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

COVID-19 Update for Thursday, May 14th:
New Responsible Restart Ohio Opening Dates

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton on Thursday provided the following sector opening dates established as part of the state’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan. 

CHILD CARE: MAY 31
Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols.  To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.govTo assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ website soon.  The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

CAMPGROUNDS: MAY 21
Beginning Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES (CERTAIN SERVICES): MAY 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS: MAY 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

SPORTS LEAGUES (NON-CONTACT, LIMITED CONTACT): MAY 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports.  Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development. 

PUBLIC/CLUB POOLS: MAY 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.  This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

HORSE RACING (NO SPECTATORS): MAY 22
Beginning Friday, May 22, horse racing in Ohio will be permitted if these operations can meet required safety protocols. Spectators will not be permitted.  This does not apply to casinos and racinos. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 26,357 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,534 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,718 people have been hospitalized, including 1,268 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.  Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube pageFor more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

OHIO needs PPE’s:
 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH are continuing to remind Ohioans of the ongoing 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.

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

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.