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

Tuesday, May 19


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Monday, May 18


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Sunday, May 17


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Updated daily at 2 p.m. - 


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New orders/actions/measures


  • Governor DeWine issued an urgent health advisory order – Ohioans Protecting Ohioans – to consolidate and update all of the current individual citizen guidelines.
  • There will be no press conference tomorrow unless events warrant.


This new order – Ohioans Protecting Ohioans – incorporates the current guidelines and makes them strong advisory practices for individual citizens.  Governor DeWine said this new order is a “catch-up” to account for the fact that people are allowed to go to the newly opened businesses, which wasn’t allowed under the mandatory order.  This new advisory order is about lifting the personal restrictions that had been in place under the stay at home order – the social distancing, sanitation, travel guidelines – and making them advisory practices.  While the personal restrictions will no longer be mandatory, the Governor and Lt. Governor urged individual citizens to take personal responsibility as the virus is still a threat.  The Governor called it a moral obligation for all Ohioans to continue to be cautious.  The business reopening dates and plans remain in place as separate orders.


Governor DeWine provided an update on yesterday’s news on the state’s veteran’s homes.  As of today’s press conference, 28 residents and 5 staff have tested positive at the Sandusky home and the Governor announced that the first resident has passed.  There are no positive cases associated with the Georgetown home.  818 residents and staff have tested negative.  The Governor also had to announce the passing of another Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction employee, a member of the staff at the Orient Reception Center.


The Bureau of Workers Compensation will be distributing 2 million face coverings to covered employers for employees – at least 50 face coverings per employer.  Face coverings will start shipping out on Wednesday.  Governor DeWine encouraged employers to share any extras with local businesses.  The face coverings will be paid for with existing budget and will not impact premiums. 


The Governor offered his condolences to the Glenn family and ordered flags at the Statehouse and in Muskingum County to fly at half-staff in memory of Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn, who passed away this morning at 100 years old from complications of coronavirus.


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Other items of note


  • More than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases have been recorded in the United States, where the death toll is nearing 90,000. Globally, there have been more than 4.8 million confirmed infections and 318,000 deaths.
  • The process of reopening the U.S. economy will enter a new phase as Memorial Day weekend approaches. By Wednesday, all 50 states will have begun lifting restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Many public health officials and politicians, however, continued to raise concerns that increased activity would put Americans at greater risk of a new surge of infections.
  • Greenhouse gases plunged 17 percent because of coronavirus lockdowns, a sudden decline that is likely without precedent but is unlikely to last.
  • Vice President Pence has not joined President Trump in taking the drug hydroxychloroquine, he told Fox News on Tuesday. Trump announced Monday that he started taking the anti-malaria drug about 10 days ago as protection against the novel coronavirus, despite the lack of evidence that it prevents individuals from getting infected and warnings from physicians that it can have deadly side effects.
  • The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed to nonessential travel for an additional 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.  The United States and Canada mutually agreed to temporarily close the 5,500-mile border to “nonessential” traffic in March. The agreement exempts the flow of trade and commerce, and cross-border workers such as health-care professionals and commercial truck drivers.  The agreement, which was set to expire May 21, also includes measures to turn back asylum seekers who cross at unofficial entry points.
  • In the past three years, federal regulators filed 1,127 citations against Ohio's long-term care facilities for infection control issues, such as aides’ failing to wash their hands after dealing with residents. Ohio also ranks as one of the top states in the Midwest for the citations, and prior to the virus, Ohio’s nursing homes had staffing levels below what advocates have long sought. reports that these issues foreshadowed the state’s high rate of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, which stands at about 40 percent of all of coronavirus deaths in the state.



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.



Tuesday – 277,602 tested – 2.37% of the population - 7,561 additional tests since Monday


Key websites


General state updates -

Office of Small Business Relief - 

Data dashboard -

Dispute Resolution Commission -

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Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 - 

Election information -  

Closure order FAQ -

Unemployment compensation -

Mental health resources -

Ohio benefits application -

SharedWork Ohio -

Support resources for adults -

Find your local health district -

Job openings -

COVID-19 checklists - 

Business resources -

Banking pandemic resources and relief programs - 

Pandemic child care center information - 

Checklist for essential travel -





Maryellen K. Corbett

Attorney at Law





Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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