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Gov. DeWine extends Stay At Home order through May 1

Updated: Apr. 2, 2020 at 6:12 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Stay At Home order now in place in Ohio will be extended through May 1.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed the updated order Thursday afternoon and it goes into effect at midnight on Monday.

“We understand that this is tough - it is very difficult. But, I would not be making these decisions if it wasn’t a matter of life and death,” Governor DeWine said. “We have to keep this monster down. It’s not dead - it’s very much alive.”

You can read the full Stay at Home order at the end of this story.

In Ohio, there are 81 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 2,902 confirmed cases. A total of 802 have been hospitalized and 29,191 people tested, Gov. DeWine said.

“Thank you for what you have been doing and the sacrifices you’ve been making. We have to stay in this - we have accomplished a lot,” DeWine said. “It’s clear we’re not going to be able to go back to normal... we will continue to have to stay at home.”

Essential businesses must limit and enforce the number of people allowed in a store at one time. They must also ensure that people waiting to get into the stores maintain safe social distancing.

People traveling to Ohio are being self-quarantined for 14 days. There are exemptions for those who work over state lines, but this is for those who have been out of state for some time. Also exempt are healthcare workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers.

In addition, visitors are being instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, except in certain circumstances for medical care.

Gov. DeWine said he is not going to regulate weddings, however, the order stands at no more than 10 people.

Campgrounds will be closed with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle serves as somebody’s permanent residence.

Ohio State Parks will remain open.

Fishing is permitted as long as proper social distancing is practiced.

Day camps for children must be closed and organized youth and adult sports are prohibited.

The governor clarified that retail garden centers may remain open but should limit the number of shoppers to keep customers and employees safe.

“The action we’re taking today is action that I know will save lives. We look forward to the day we can be back open and enjoy our lives and go see our friends and families again,” DeWine said.

For the week ending March 28, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 272,117 initial jobless claims, which set a record for the second straight week.

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said they are adding staff and tech capacity to the unemployment hotline and expanded the hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

There is a step-by-step guide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has created to help those who need to file unemployment. Benefits are retroactive to when a person became eligible.

ODJFS recommends filing claims in non-business hours if possible.

Lt. Gov. Husted said that essential businesses and people looking for worker can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch to post and search.

Gov. DeWine has requested that the Ohio National Guard expand its support during the COVID-19 response in order to help determine the infrastructure required to meet the state’s anticipated increased need for medical facilities.

He established the “Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19," which asks manufacturers to provide healthcare workers and first responders with PPE.

If you are a manufacturer and you have the capability to create any of the products needed, you’re asked to go to repurposingproject.com and determine if you have the ability to provide.

“Please look at this to see if you can help us move forward. Some items: Swabs, ventilators, goggles, gowns, etc. Please go to the website, it is an extensive list. The money will be there - just let us know what you think you can do and how long it will take,” DeWine said.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said the recovery from coronavirus will be gradual and “not a switch you flip where you can go back to normal.”

“I wish I could give you hope about your summer, but the truth is if the curve peaks in May - it will be a slow process to get to the end of the curve,” she said.

On Monday, DeWine extended the closure of all K-12 schools to May 1.

“There is the real possibility that our schools could stay closed longer than this, but we want to give parents and teachers as much notice and flexibility as we can," he said.

The governor’s previous order was set to expire on April 3.

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

  • Hamilton: 178
  • Butler: 45
  • Clermont: 14
  • Warren: 26
  • Clinton: 5
  • Highland: 3
  • Brown: 2
  • Preble: 1

COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE | County-by-County COVID-19 tracker

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