Coronavirus: Restaurant patios, salons open; Trump wants vaccine released by January 2021

Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know today, Friday

Today, restaurants as well as massage, piercing and tattoo shops, salons and other personal services get their chance reboot under Gov. Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio plan.

The target for the vaccine’s release is January 2021, the president said.

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The resumption of those businesses follows several others DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced Thursday:

  • Daycare facilities: On May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be able to reopen with reduced numbers of children in each classroom and intensified hand washing.
  • Horse racing: Resumes May 22, but spectators will be prohibited. Casinos and racinos are not included in this.
  • Pools: Community pools can reopen May 26. Water parks and amusement parks are not included in this, said Husted, who cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that concluded there is no evidence COVID-19 can spread to people through water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.
  • Gyms and fitness centers can reopen May 26, as well as low-contact or non-contact sports.
  • Campgrounds can reopen May 21, with proper safety protocols in place.
  • BMVs will open across the state May 26. Vehicle registration, scheduling a driving test, updating your address, license reinstatement fees and numerous other services can be done online. People should only go into BMV locations for services that can’t be done online, Husted said.
  • Summer day camps: They can open May 31. Protocols will be released sometime today.

LATEST STATE DATA: As of Friday afternoon, there are 26,954 cases in the state, 1,581 deaths, and 4,791 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.

Of the state’s positive cases, 19.5% are from Ohio’s prisons. At those prisons, there has been an increase in testing.

There have been 231,765 people tested for coronavirus in Ohio. In the state, 4,121 cases are health care workers, which is 16 percent of the cases.

It is important to note the number of confirmed cases is not a true reflection of actual cases in the state because of the limited amount of testing available. The hope is that the number of cases will be more accurate because of the expansion of the testing standards.

The governor will not meet with reporters at a briefing today.

The Stay-Safe-Ohio order will be superseded as new developments occur during the month, so DeWine is warning everyone not to wed themselves to May 29, when the order is to expire.

What you need to know today, Friday

  • PEACE OFFICERS REMEMBERED: Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day. DeWine led a moment of silence Thursday to honor four offices killed in the line of duty in 2019 and so far this year, including Dayton police Detective Jorge Del Rio.
  • REMDESIVIR IN OHIO: Hospitals in the Dayton region were to receive their shipment of Remdesivir, the investigational drug that has been found in clinical trials to shorten the duration of disease from the coronarvirus.
  • STATE UNEMPLOYMENT: Husted said fixing the state unemployment system, which has been overhauled in an attempt to accommodate people who have lost work during the pandemic, continues to frustrate him.
  • NEW MEIJER HOURS: The big box store announces changes in operating hours