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2020-05-18 OH Gov. DeWine COVID-19 Update

Monday, May 18


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Sunday, May 17


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Saturday, May 16


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Friday, May 15


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Thursday, May 14


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The Governor was clearly disappointed by reports that many restaurants, bars and their patrons were not following the opening protocols this weekend.  Restaurants and bars were allowed to open for outdoor seating on Friday, May 15.  He again stressed that a successful reopening of the economy is linked to continued observation of the protocols and social distancing.  The Governor took the time to read from the order outlining the social distancing requirements – stressing the 6 foot separation rules and the requirement that customers must be seated in bars and restaurants, customers can’t stand in groups.  He said the business owner needs to not open if they cannot control the environment.  Consequently, enforcement efforts will be stepped up.  The Governor announced:



In response to questions from the media, the Governor said that he was pleased that most restaurants and bars were in compliance but he was not surprised that there were some that were not.  While he doesn’t have exact numbers from across the state, he did say he believed 8 citations were issued in Columbus and at least one was issued in Medway. 


Lt. Governor Husted also expressed his concerns that some business were not following the protocols – protocols that were developed by the industry and health officials.  He stressed that while citizens need to comply, that the business is ultimately accountable for ensuring compliance.  He said that enforcement will be used for any business that persists in opening when they cannot or will not comply.  Husted also added that local health departments can impose more stringent requirements than the state’s protocols as the situation warrants.


Lt. Governor Husted said they are beginning to coordinate with education officials and the Ohio High School Athletic Association on how to allow training for student athletes.  He also again said that churches are not closed under the order, but he urged churches to seriously consider the standard safety protocols and exercise good judgment as to whether they can provide a safe environment for parishioners. 


The first patients in a state mental health facility have tested patients.  The patients in the 25-person unit at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in Columbus are being separated and will all be tested.  All staff and residents are being monitored and use of PPE and precautions are being heightened.  Daily updates on the status of the state’s behavioral health facilities are posted on the state’s coronavirus webpage.  Additionally, on Thursday of last week, 4 residents in the Sandusky Veteran Home tested positive for COVID-19.  At the end of last week, the Governor asked that all residents and staff of the two veteran homes be tested.  As of this morning, all approximately 700 staff and 500 residents of the two homes have been tested.  Thus far, the results of about 50% of the tests are in and there are no cases yet in the Georgetown facility and in Sandusky, 23 residents and 3 staff have tested positive. 


Governor DeWine announced the death of another correctional officer, a nurse in the Orient facility.  That is a total of 3 staff members and 61 incarcerated adults to date.  DRC Director Annette Chambers-Smith joined the press conference this afternoon and acknowledged that community spread is widespread in the prisons.  DRC is still testing inmates where it is clinically called for – including when people enter the system, before healthcare procedures, prior to leaving, when symptomatic or when they come in contact in with a positive individual.  This allows quarantining and contact tracing.  They’ve also started to use anti-body testing.  About 17% of the state’s prison population has been tested to date.  She also mentioned that about 2100 people have left the system since mid-March, allowing more spacing.  But DRC is also now very focused on treatment because they have to assume widespread infection where moment in time testing is not as helpful.  Director Chambers-Smith also noted that the Marion Correctional Institution, an early hotspot, is doing well – approximately 1600 individuals have recovered.  Belmont Correctional Institution is the latest hotspot.  The National Guard has moved there and the Highway Patrol is helping maintain the perimeter. 


Stacey, another Ohioan who has survived coronavirus, joined the press conference today to speak about her experience.  She spent 2 months in the hospital and was intubated and on the ventilator for part of that time.  Stacey encouraged people to be mindful of the seriousness of the virus.  She asked people to practice social distancing and wear masks.  She was particularly thankful for all of the healthcare providers that cared for her during her stay in the hospital and recovery. 


Governor DeWine noted that the Minority Health Strike Force’s work to address healthcare disparities amongst Ohio’s minority communities is continuing and on Thursday he will have a more detailed update on work done to date and upcoming plans.


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Other items of note



Ohio COVID-19 Data Curves


The following are graphic representations of reported cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths using Ohio Department of Health data and expanded CDC definitions.



Friday – 244,577 tested – 2.09% of the population - 12,782 additional tests since Thursday

Saturday – 254,914 tested – 2.18% of the population - 10,337 additional tests since Friday

Sunday – 262,759 – 2.25% of the population – 7,845 additional tests since Saturday

Monday – 270,041 – 2.31% of the population – 7,282 additional tests since Sunday


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Maryellen K. Corbett

Attorney at Law





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