Below are the updates from today’s press conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton. Tomorrow’s press conference is scheduled for 2:00 PM. You can watch this on the Ohio Channel, Ohio Public TV (PBS stations), and other Columbus-based outlets.
Here’s the news from today:
- In Ohio there are 2,902 confirmed cases, 260 ICU admissions, 802 hospitalizations, and 81 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
- Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020. Updates to the new order include: the creation of a dispute resolution process, a requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at once, a mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people, among other changes. A copy of the order and a summary document is attached.
- Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted recognize that extending this order will significantly impact all Ohioans. We would like to thank the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Businesses- Ohio Chapter, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ohio Municipal League, Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and our other partners for their support and continued efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Attached are association statements.
- Governor DeWine announced the creation of his Economic Advisory Board that will help the administration work through economic issues facing Ohio as the state looks toward the future. A list of the advisory board members can be found HERE.
- Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch to post and search.
- For the week ending March 28, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 272,117 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, which set a record for the second straight week. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last two week stands at 468,414. Over these last two weeks, ODJFS has issued unemployment compensation payments totaling more than $45 million to more than 108,000 claimants. Pursuant to a Department of Labor order, Ohio will release unemployment numbers on a weekly basis as soon as the national report is released on Thursday.
- Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.
As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.
Director of Coalitions