CINCINNATI (FOX19) - On Wednesday, Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said there are 576 confirmed coronavirus cases and 24 deaths in the county.
There are now 7,280 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 324 confirmed deaths.
“Those are sobering numbers,” Driehaus said. “Since one week ago, hospitalizations have doubled and so have deaths. We can’t get ahead of ourselves.”
Jill Meyer, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Jill Meyer said in the state, jobless claims have increased between 800 and 1,000 percent.
“I have never been so proud of the Cincinnati business community... it’s so resilient. We will get beyond this,” she said.
Meyer said she is working with state officials on the action of reopening businesses.
Gov. DeWine also addressed when a decision will be made to reopen Ohio.
The governor says as we get closer to that point, we must continue with social distancing.
He says everyone needs to be thinking about how they will keep employees and customers safe when businesses reopen because COVID-19 will still be here.
“As we reopen Ohio, people will have to be very, very careful until we get a vaccine. You’ll have to weigh benefit vs. risk. You will have to make sure you’re wearing a mask when you go out, continue social distancing, etc. COVID-19 is not going away until we get a vaccine,” DeWine said.
On Monday, Driehaus said county departments will begin implementing budget reduction measures this week and cuts will be phased in.
Hamilton County Administrator Jeff Aluotto expects to lose $40 to $60 million in revenue for this budget year.
“The county will be lobbying for federal money to help stabilize the budget. The money we will be getting under current legislation cannot be used for that purpose, it’s used only for COVID-19 response activities,” Driehaus said.
Driehaus is asking the county if you have PPE to donate call 513-263-8200. Essential businesses can also request supplies by calling that number.