COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH held their daily briefing Wednesday afternoon to discuss the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to ODH, as of Wednesday at 2 p.m., there were 704 confirmed cases in the state, 75 ICU admissions, 182 hospitalizations and 10 deaths.
ODH says deaths have been reported in Cuyahoga (2), Erie (1), Franklin (2), Gallia (1), Lucas (1), Miami (1), Stark (2) Counties.
In Trumbull County, as of Wednesday evening, there are now 10 COVID-19 cases. 5 men, 5 women, ranging in age from 25-83. 6 of those cases are hospitalized.
Dr. Amy Acton says the testing data is only a snapshot of what’s really going on, since there is a shortage of testing supplies and those available are being conserved for the most high-risk and hospitalized front-line workers. The actual number of cases in Ohio is believed to be much higher.
Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine started the news conference by talking about things she is doing to stay close with her grandchildren through the crisis.
DeWine also demonstrated how people are using social media platforms like TikTok to promote the stay at home message.
Dr. Acton reminded Ohioans that the coronavirus hotline is not a legal advice line. The health department can not answer questions about what is an essential business.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted encouraged businesses to create a document detailing their justification for being considered essential. He said that while workers don’t need to carry a license or document, it will help businesses down the line.
Governor DeWine revealed the state is starting to take action against a company, and expects to take action against more.
Lt. Governor Husted said eligible Ohioans will continue to have access to the HEAP program through May 1.
Early Wednesday morning, it was announced that a deal was reached for a $2 trillion virus relief bill in Congress.
“Every single day I think about those of you who are unemployed. I think about the small businesses. I know that each day that goes by that you don’t have income is very, very tough. And I fully understand that,” DeWine said.
DeWine says that in order to get the economy back in order, we need to flatten the curve and make sure people are no longer scared.
Sunday, Dr. Acton signed a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans. The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and will go until at least April 6. Then it will be reevaluated, according to Gov. DeWine.