Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know Wednesday

Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know today Wednesday

Gov. Mike DeWine has promised to deliver some positive announcements Thursday about the plans to reopen museums, zoos and amusement parks as the state’s RestartOhio Plan continues to roll out in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He offered the forecast during the question-and-period with reporters Tuesday during his nearly daily briefings on the state’s response.

Tuesday, the governor said the state’s goal is for K-12 schools to start this fall, noting that local school boards will control the start dates. He also gave the go-ahead for healthcare providers to resume surgeries and procedures that had been delayed as part of the attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

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Some things you should know today, Wednesday:

  • Lt. Gov. Jon Husted introduced the Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program, created to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to retool existing facilities to make PPE or reshore PPE production in Ohio. The state is setting aside $20 million for the program, and grants could be as much as $500,000.
  • The Ohio Micro-Enterprise Grant Program also was introduced by Husted, to help small minority and women-owned businesses. Each qualifying business would receive $10,000 until funding runs out.
  • Finally, Husted introduced the Appalachian Growth Capital Loan Program, which will provide $10 million to help small businesses in Ohio’s 32 county Appalachian region. Small businesses could be in line for loans up to $500,000 at 2percent interest.
  • DeWine offered comments on the unrest in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed Memorial Day in Minneapolis police custody.
  • Still coming is guidance on nursing homes and congregant facility visitation. Outdoor visits at assisted living and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities are to resume June 8.

LATEST STATE DATA: As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been at least 36,792 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 2,299 deaths, and 6,251 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 423,521 people tested for coronavirus in Ohio. In the state, 5,483 cases are health care workers, which is 15 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.

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