Mayor offers details for Ohio voters, says public parks should not be used to congregate

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on their COVID-19 response.

On Wednesday afternoon, Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said there were 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montgomery County. Two of those individuals were hospitalized.

An additional case was announced Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 15.

Cooper is encouraging employers to take the time to read the stay at home order and make their own determination about whether their business is essential or nonessential.

He says the health department will be investigating complaints from employees who feel their employer is not following the guidelines put in place by the state. Employers are encouraged to create documentation showing how they have implemented these guidelines, in case complaints should arise.

All places of public amusement including country clubs and social clubs have been deemed non-essential as of Thursday, as have golf courses, car washes, vape and tobacco shops, and pet grooming facilities.

Starting Monday, March 30, Public Health’s STD clinic, immunization clinic, tuberculosis clinic, and refugee clinic will operate on shortened hours and will go by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

You can reach the Public Health information line at 937-225-6217.

Mayor Nan Whaley says that while the city’s parks remain open, this does not mean it is okay to congregate there.

“We cannot have contact with each other because that is what spreads this virus,” she said.

She stresses that the public should not be using playground equipment or playing basketball at this time. These restrictions will be enforced by police, she says.

New legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly this week will allow Ohioans to vote by mail until April 28. Whaley says those who still need to cast their ballot will need to go to the Montgomery County Board of Election website and print off an absentee ballot request form.

Once you mail in that form to the Board of Elections, your ballot will be sent to you. It must be returned via mail with a postage date of no later than April 27, or dropped off in person.

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, along with Montgomery County Emergency Management and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, has streamlined the process for donating homemade face masks and supplies to support COVID-19 response.

Starting Friday, March 27, those who have created homemade face masks can drop off their donations at St. Vincent de Paul located at 945 S. Edwin C Moses Boulevard between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Click here for more details.

The Ohio Department of Health announced Thursday there were 867 confirmed cases in Ohio leading to 223 hospitalizations and 15 deaths.

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