Public Health responds to DeWine’s timeline for reopening Ohio businesses

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County gave an update on COVID-19 response in the area Monday afternoon.

Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper was joined by Mayor Nan Whaley and Sarah Hackenbracht with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

During Monday’s state news conference, Governor DeWine provided a timeline for reopening certain Ohio industries throughout the month of May including healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

“Our Governor has outlined the next steps as we move forward as a state and as a community. It’s important that we all adhere to those because we all play a role,” Cooper said.

Mayor Whaley noted that the stay at home order remains in place and that residents should not be going out unless it is essential. Although some restrictions are being lifted, in a way she says there will now be stricter rules as far as interacting in public, such as customers wearing face masks in retail stores.

“How we behave this next month will determine how we do the following month. We don’t want to have to tighten back up on some of these pieces,” she said.

Dayton area hospitals will be allowed to return to some normal operations with elective procedures not requiring an overnight stay on May 1.

Sarah Hackenbracht says if you are a patient whose surgery or procedure was postponed, stay tuned, as your health care provider will reach out to you to provide an update. She says area hospitals remain safe, though you may encounter a different experience in terms of questions you may be asked, or you may be given a mask to wear during your visit.

Nearly 35,000 people in the Dayton region receive a paycheck from an area hospital, she says.

“We are looking forward to a return to a new normal operations with our new restrictions as well as the screening questions and wearing masks,” she said. “Bringing those individuals back into our workforce allows us to ensure that we are here to care for you in our region.”

As of Monday afternoon, there were 262 cases of COVID-19 reported to the state out of Montgomery County, leading to 84 hospitalizations and eight deaths.

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