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Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | April 13, 2020

Below are the updates from the April 13, 2020 press conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton. Tuesday’s press conference is scheduled for 2:00 PM. You can watch this on the Ohio Channel, Ohio Public TV (PBS stations), and other Columbus-based outlets.

 

 

Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | April 13, 2020

 

 

Below are the updates from the April 13, 2020 press conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton. Tuesday’s press conference is scheduled for 2:00 PM. You can watch this on the Ohio Channel, Ohio Public TV (PBS stations), and other Columbus-based outlets.

Here’s the news from today:

 

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
    • 6,881 confirmed cases
    • 94 probable cases
    • 6,975 total cases
    • 2,033 hospitalizations
    • 268 confirmed deaths
    • 6 probable deaths
    • 274 total deaths
    • 613 ICU admissions
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.

  • Governor DeWine has asked the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to issue an order that requires long-term care facilities to notify residents and families within 24 hours of a resident or staff member becoming infected. We will be providing a list of long-term care facilities where an associated individual has tested positive on the Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov website as information becomes available. I will share a copy of the order once it is complete.

 

  • Governor DeWine announced that in-person sales of liquor in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson, and Belmont Counties will be restricted only to Ohioans after instances of persons from Pennsylvania coming into these counties for the sole purpose of purchasing liquor. From this point forward, individuals in those counties must present a valid Ohio photo ID or a valid military photo ID. Sale of liquor to a person with a valid non-Ohio photo ID may only occur with additional information showing that the person resides in Ohio, including mail with the person’s name and Ohio address on it or a letter from an employer placing the person as an essential Ohio employee. A copy of the order is attached.

  • On Friday, Governor DeWine signed an Executive Order to provide nearly $5 million in emergency funding from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant to support Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and the statewide hunger relief network. Of this funding, $1 million is earmarked for the Agricultural Clearance Program, where the Ohio Association of Food Banks will purchase Ohio-made commodities, such as milk, to distribute to foodbanks across the state. An additional $1 million has been granted to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to help homeless shelters purchase needed cleaning supplies and provide homelessness prevention and housing services.  A copy of the order and a statement from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks are attached.

  • The Ohio National Guard will begin providing assistance at the Pickaway Correctional Institution, as a number of medical staff are out sick due to COVID-19. The Ohio National Guard will provide triage support, take temperatures, and help with non-COVID cases. Additionally, an inmate at the Pickaway Correctional Institution has sadly passed away. That inmate had a long-term chronic illness and tested positive for COVID-19. This is this first death of a state inmate who has tested positive for the virus.

 

  • Governor DeWine cautioned companies in Ohio that are purchasing rapid antibody tests to ensure that they are purchasing tests that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without the FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval, there is no way to know if the tests are valid. To date, the FDA has granted 30 Emergency Use Authorizations of commercially available diagnostic tests, including one antibody test to be used in hospital laboratories.

 

  • Lt. Governor Husted announced there are over 40,000 job postings on the JobSearch.Ohio.Gov website from 642 unique companies. We encourage individuals or employers who have been affected by COVID-19 to visit the website and apply for a position or post their job opportunities.

 

 

  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email [email protected].

As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.

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