Ohio: 119 confirmed coronavirus cases in 24 counties

Ohio: 119 confirmed coronavirus cases in 24 counties
COVID-19 test kit. (Source: uab.edu)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - During a press conference with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, it was confirmed the state has 119 confirmed cases of the virus, with no reported deaths.

According to Dr. Amy Acton, the illness onset range is Feb. 7 to March 18 and is impacting 24 counties in the state.

“The average age of onset is 49 years... young people are getting ill. You have to take this seriously. You have to help us not spread this virus,” she said.

Acton is urging anyone who can stay home - to stay home.

Gov. DeWine is asking Ohioans to make sacrifices to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

“Don’t go on that spring break. Don’t get on that plane," he said.

When asked about a shelter in place order in Ohio, Gov. DeWine responded by saying, “we’ve already asked people to shelter in place if they can. We’ve asked people to stay home if they can. Some of this is just terminology. If there is no good reason to be out - stay home.”

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor asked for courts and local leaders to develop plans to ensure essential access to courts. She said a total closure of courts and clerks offices "presents an access to justice issue.”

O’Connor said courts must remain open to do essential functions and to address emergency and time-sensitive matters.

She also is urging local courts to consider releasing COVID-19 high-risk prisoners from local jails.

Gov. DeWine told the public not to worry about the amount of supplies at grocery stores.

“I want to assure everyone that the grocery supply chain is going well. The food is not going to run out at the grocery store,” he said.

Gov. DeWine mentioned some rumors that were being mentioned about the National Guard, Martial Law and quarantining are not true.

“You’re going to see the Ohio National Guard involved in transport and food distribution. They are not involved in carrying weapons. You may see them carrying groceries. Rumors about quarantining everyone in Ohio in their homes, martial law - none of this is true," he said.

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran said Gov. DeWine gave order to expand telehealth medicine, which will take pressure off medical professionals who need to focus on COVID-19 patients and allow citizens to stay home.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

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.

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.

If you have questions or need information about COVID-19, visit the Ohio Department of Health website.

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