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The Latest Updates from Governor DeWine

Six deaths now recorded in the state of Ohio from COVID-19

Once again, Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Dr. Amy Acton held a press conference today at the Statehouse at 2:30 p.m.

They announced that, as of today, in Ohio, there are 442 confirmed cases, 104 individuals being hospitalized and 6 deaths due to COVID-19. There are confirmed cases in 46 counties across the state.

DeWine also announced a temporary hiring freeze in state government. The only exceptions are for positions that provide a direct response to COVID-19, safety and security and/or direct care or institutional services. The governor’s cabinet has been instructed to look for unnecessary spending cuts by 20 percent. There will also be a freeze on all new contract services.

Husted addressed concerns with the unemployment website. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity so the system can handle the unprecedented influx of online claims, which has been affecting processing times. Husted said if you receive a confirmation number when you file your claim, your application will be processed as soon as possible.

They also released information regarding temporary pandemic child care licenses, prescriptions requirements for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine and resources for victims of domestic violence.

They reminded everyone that the stay-at-home order goes into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m.

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