COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Governor Mike DeWine gave the order for more businesses, including 181 BMV locations, to close at the end of the business day on Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor says he’s taking further action to help control how fast the virus spreads.
Barbershops, beauty salons, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and 181 BMV locations have all been ordered to close by the end of business on Wednesday, March 18.
These changes come in the wake of the newest state numbers on COVID-19.
There are now 88 confirmed cases in 19 Ohio counties. There are eight in Butler County, but none in Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Highland or Clinton counties.
78,000 people have applied for unemployment in Ohio this week alone, but workers at barbershops and salons do not qualify for unemployment, said Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
Lt. Gov. Husted said they are working to change this now so those workers can file for unemployment.
Gov. DeWine says testing for COVID-19 will likely stay limited in order to keep healthcare workers healthy.
He added that the vast majority of people with symptoms don’t need to be tested. “If you are feeling symptom, you should act like you have it,” DeWine said.
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says testing is being limited to those already in the hospital, those who are sickest, and those most at risk.
In order to help prevent the spread of the virus, the governor asked employers to take the temperature of every employee every single day.
He said if an employee has a temperature above normal, they should be sent home.
“This is a crisis you have never seen in your life and we have to get through this. This virus is twice as contagious as the flu and 20 times as deadly. It’s coming after us. We have to take whatever action is necessary to preserve the lives of people in Ohio,” Gov. DeWine said.
The governor addressed questions about school saying it is possible that kids won’t be back during this school year.
DeWine says the state is working with schools to help keep education going so all kids eligible to graduate will be able to do so.
Gov. DeWine also touched on rumors about the National Guard. He says we will know when the guard is about to do something.
An additional step the governor announced was the closure of 181 BMV locations. Five will remain open, including two in southwest Ohio:
- Deputy Registrar – 10938 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy 45231
- Driver Exam Station - 10940 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati 45231
The governor says he will ask the General Assembly to grant a grace period for those who cannot renew their licenses during the closures.
He also asked that law enforcement not write tickets for people with expired licenses during that period.
As for banks and credit unions, Lt. Gov. Husted said people should not panic.
These facilities will not close so there is no need to rush to withdraw your money.