Public Health offers COVID-19 update as Ohio exceeds 1,100 cases

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton public health and city officials held a news conference Friday afternoon to give an update on their COVID-19 response.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper was joined by Commissioner Judy Dodge, Mayor Nan Whaley, Executive Director Michael Vanderburgh with St. Vincent de Paul, and President and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Sarah Hackenbracht.

Cooper says there are now 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County. 12 are female and 10 are male. Three of those 22 are in the hospital.

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is helping to collect and distribute PPE equipment for health care workers. To see what is needed and how to make donations, click here.

The County’s Workforce Development Team is still working to connect companies that are hiring with unemployed residents. Interested applicants should call 937-225-5627. Employers who are hiring can also call this number.

If you were supposed to renew your SNAP or Medicaid benefits in April or May, your benefits will automatically be extended for six months. Click here for more resources. New applicants can call 937-225-4148.

The county website also offers a way for volunteers to sign up in response efforts, as well as those needing help to make a request.

Michael Vanderburgh says the St. Vincent de Paul shelters currently house about 400 men, women, and children each night. Thursday, they launched an initiative to move about 20 percent of those individuals who may be high-risk into satellite shelters.

“All of the tragedies we’ve experienced over the last year since the Memorial Day tornadoes have brought the government, nonprofit and faith-based partnerships together in a way that is just amazing,” he said. “We’ve had these relationships we’ve built over the last year that allow us to respond in a very robust way and to deploy resources right away.”

Sarah Hackenbracht provided insight into how area hospitals are preparing for an influx of coronavirus cases, saying they are in the process of converting facilities, converting space within those facilities to care for patients, and building relationships with external facilities who could provide support if need be.

Officials are evaluating options to bring in additional supplies, as the materials being offered by the Strategic National Stockpile will be spread out around the region.

On Friday, the Ohio Department of Health announced there were 1,137 confirmed cases in Ohio leading to 276 hospitalizations and 19 deaths.

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