The Dayton city ordinance requiring people to wear face masks or coverings in most public places continues into the weekend.
“The best way to control the spread is to keep the mask on,” Jamauri Parson told News Center 7′s Monica Castro on Friday. “So I think it’s cool.”
Not everyone is on board.
“I don’t like it but it’s necessary,” another person said.
The ordinance is complaint-based, meaning businesses and employers should take the lead in notifying police about anyone not wearing a mask or face covering in public spaces. A violation could result in an $85 fine.
Mayor Nan Whaley has said she doesn’t want the public reporting on other people. Do you have questions about the ordinance? Get some answers here.
Some things you should know today, Saturday:
- Cincinnati City Council has passed its own city ordinance to make wearing a mask or face covering mandatory. The Queen City is the third major city in the state to mandate the wearing of face masks. Columbus passed its ordinance this week as well.
- Gov. Mike DeWine this week announced school guidance for this academic year, focused on getting children back in the classroom. Area educators are applauding the guidelines.
- DeWine also unveiled the Ohio Public Health Advisory alert, a color-coded system to help counties identify hot-spots in reporting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Other things you should know today, Saturday:
- Open for Business: Dayton City Hall is reopening to the public on Monday, July 6.
- RTA Mask Rules: If you ride RTA or work for the transit authority, you’ll be required to wear a face mask or covering beginning today.
- Expansion Requests: Since May, when restaurants and bars reopened, the Ohio Department of Commerce has been working with local jurisdictions to extend liquor permits to outside spaces, such as parking lots and sidewalks, so seating capacity can expand to keep patrons distanced. More than 300 requests have been granted.
- Daycare Guidelines: DeWine is waiting for new data, including a study, on childcare. The state expects some of that data in about 10 days. It will be used to determine if the state will increase student ratios in childcare centers.
- Beginning July 20, nursing homes will be permitted to have outdoor visitations, as long as all safety standards are met. Nursing homes should consider the status of cases in their communities and in the nursing home, staffing levels, access to testing for residents and staff, PPE supplies and hospital capacity when deciding to reopen for outdoor visits.
- Testing Sites: The Clark County Combined Health District, In partnership with the city of Springfield, is hosting COVID-19 community testing clinics noon until 6 p.m. the next three Wednesdays for all ages. The tests are free. No insurance, doctor’s order or appointment needed. Questions or further information? Call CCCHD at 937-390-5600. The locations and times of the clinics are as follows: July 8: Hayward Middle School,1700 Clifton Ave.; July 15: Perrin Woods Elementary School, 431 W. John St.; July 22: La Condesa Grocery #1, 440 S. Burnett Road (Burnett Plaza Shopping Center).
LATEST STATE DATA: As of Saturday afternoon, there have been at least 56,183 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 2,907 deaths, and 8,111 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The ODH website noted that it has been experiencing technical issues with the Ohio Disease Reporting System and those technical issues resulted in an incorrect number of deaths reported on Thursday. The issues have reportedly been resolved with today’s report.
The state is now reporting presumed recovered cases after developing a calculation that provides an accurate representation, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. Thursday Husted announced there are 38,987 presumed recovered cases. That figure is reached by taking the total number of cases, minus deaths, minus cases with an onset date in the last 21 days.
Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.
Of the state’s positive cases, 10% are from Ohio’s prisons. At those prisons, there has been an increase in testing.
The state reported that a total of 844,675 people have been tested in Ohio
In the state, 7,443 cases are health care workers, which is 13 percent of the cases.
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