The Latest COVID-19 Updates from Gov. DeWine's Office
The next state update will be provided tomorrow evening
This article includes the updates from today’s press conference with Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Dr. Amy Acton.
In Ohio there are 704 confirmed cases, 75 ICU admissions, 182 hospitalizations, and 10 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are confirmed cases in 55 counties across the state.
DeWine thanked the General Assembly for the unanimous bi-partisan support of HB 197, which passed earlier today. This bill will ensure continuity of government, extended mail-in voting for our primary, clarity for schools and students, relief to workers, and measures to make sure we are prepared to help Ohioans get back to work when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Much of HB 197 can be attributed to the feedback and guidance from our association partners across the state. If your association would like to provide a letter of support for the decisive action taken by DeWine and the General Assembly, please consider sending it by 10 a.m. on March 27 to Haylee Dunahay.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has cut red tape related to obtaining or renewing commercial drivers licenses (CDLs) and other licenses that are vital to the efficient movement of essential goods across the state and country, while ensuring that safety standards are still being followed.
The Development Services Agency (DSA) has secured approval from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) to extend the Winter Crisis Program from March 31 to May 1, and to extend the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) from March 31 to June 1. For more information on these utility assistance programs, please visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
Essential businesses do not need a specific letter or certification to maintain operations. However, Husted recommended that businesses create their own documentation with rational for staying open and what measures they are taking to implement safe workplace practices and social distancing protocols.