Nearly 15K tested for coronavirus in Ohio; 704 confirmed cases, 10 deaths

Gov. DeWine, health officials give update on state’s coronavirus response

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - As of Wednesday, Ohio has 704 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, according to the state’s department of health.

There are 182 hospitalizations with 75 people in ICU.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said they have tested about 14,764 people and roughly five percent are positive tests.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke to a lot of business leaders and thanked them for what they’re doing.

“People are doing a lot of great things across Ohio,” he said.

Acton said they have seen a huge spike in calls to the COVID- 19 hotline, but want to remind callers they can’t provide legal aid at 833-4-ASK-ODH, but will help you with your health questions.

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said anyone needed help with energy bills can contact the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program will run until May 1.

Husted said there were 400,000 visits to the unemployment website Tuesday alone and acknowledges the backlog and slow connection.

He says the state is doing everything it can to improve the connection.

Husted reminded Ohioans to read the stay-at-home order on the essential business component. He recommends businesses create a document to explain why business is essential and how they’re following the safe workplace order.

“Even if you aren’t an essential business, these safe work environment standards are going to last for a while as we come out of the situation we’re in. Everyone should prepare themselves to follow these standards,” DeWine said.

DeWine said he is trying to get everyone back to work shortly.

“We don’t think this will peak until May 1. The only way we slow it down is with physical/social distancing,” he said.

Here’s of a breakdown of cases in Greater Cincinnati counties:

  • Hamilton: 48
  • Butler: 18
  • Clermont: 5
  • Warren: 8
  • Clinton: 2
  • Highland: 1

The main message that continues to be delivered is to stay home to flatten the curve to get people back to work while saving lives.

“Each proactive step we take to protect people against COVID-19 is a step we take to prevent our economy from crashing. We are at war with a real enemy, and we must beat the enemy,” DeWine said.

Husted said if you believe a business is in violation of the rules of the stay-at-home order, call your health department or local law enforcement.

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