Gov. Mike DeWine is giving an update today on coronavirus in Ohio.
The following updates were provided:
- Daycare facilities: On May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be able to reopen. They will reopen with reduced numbers of children in each classroom and intensify hand washing in each classroom.
- Horse racing can resume 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 Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. Husted cited a CDC report that said there is no evidence COVID-19 can spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.
- Gyms and fitness centers can reopen May 26. Low-contact or non-contact sports can also resume on this date.
- Campgrounds can reopen May 21 with proper safety protocols.
- 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, said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
- Summer day camps: Day camps will also be able to open May 31. Protocols will be released by the end of the day Friday.
- Friday is Peace Offices Memorial Day. Gov. Mike DeWine had a moment of silence to honor four offices killed in the line of duty in 2019 and so far this year, including Dayton police Detective Jorge Del Rio.
LATEST STATE DATA: As of Thursday afternoon, there are 26,357 cases in the state, 1,534 deaths, and 4,718 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.
Gov. Mike DeWine will not have a news conference on Friday.
The Stay-Safe-Ohio order will be superseded as new developments occur during the month, so the governor is warning everyone not to wed themselves to May 29, when the order is to expire.
Today, hospitals in the Dayton region are 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, the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association said.
Meanwhile, operators of daycare facilities and gyms and their clientele grew more frustrated Wednesday because there were no answers from the Statehouse about their turn in the roll out of the state’s Responsible RestartOhio plan.
Thirty-five gyms throughout Ohio have filed a lawsuit, accusing Dr. Amy Acton, state health director, of not giving them due process before shutting them down.
In Dayton, Mini University daycare director Julie Thorner said she just wants a clear answer from Gov. Mike DeWine on the restart for that business sector. Thorner said she’s preparing for a June 1 reboot, but realizes that date is not at all certain.
The governor, who had hinted he would announce Monday on daycare facilities, has continued to say this week that he and his advisory group are continuing to gather information and formulate recommendations.
Massage, piercing and tattoo businesses as well as restaurants, salons and other personal services can restart Friday, May 15.
What you need to know today, Thursday
- TELEHEALTH FOR CHILDREN: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has been awarded more than $719,000 to provide telehealth services in the fight against COVID-19.
- GROCERY BILLS: On average, the monthly grocery bill in the United States rose 2.6 percent last month, the highest increase since 1974.
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