Hospitals to enforce new procedures for visitors, Commissioner Driehaus says

Hamilton County to give update on small business relief program

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus discussed the county’s new procedures on hospital visits Friday.

She said patients are now allowed to have a support person with them. This person will not only be there to support them but also act as a liaison to the hospital staff.

  • Patients are allowed to have one visitor per day.
  • Visitors must be older than 15 years old.
  • Visitors should abide by the CDC guidelines when visiting a patient with advanced age and chronic medical conditions.
  • Patients with or are expected to have COVID-19 are not allowed to have a visitor or a support person.
  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 exposure history
  • Those planning to visit a hospital must contact the hospital directly prior before visiting

Visitors or a support person must wear a mask at all times, Driehaus said.

“Hospitals are safe places for those who have emergent needs,” Driehaus said.

COVID-19 patients are in separate areas of the hospital than those who have other emergent needs.

Visitation hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Driehaus says some libraries throughout the county will have drive-through services, which will begin May 26 for facilities that have them.

This includes the public libraries in Covedale, Groesbeck, Harrison, Reading, and the downtown Main Library.

The hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The libraries are not accepting books that have already been checked out, Driehaus said. Due dates have already been extended, so customers would not have to worry about late fees.

Symmes Township public library will offer curbside May 26.

Driehaus says curbside pickup will begin May 28 for Blue Ash and Loveland. Curbside service will be available on June 1 at Anderson Township, Clifton, Green Township, and Walnut Hills.

More curbside services will be added in June.

Small Business Relief Program

Commissioner Driehaus said that 380 small business owners completed the application, and 92 business owners are in progress for the new loan program.

Early this week, Driehaus announced small businesses in Hamilton County that were harmed during the COVID-19 crisis could apply to the small business relief program.

Eligible small businesses can apply for $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 in grants.

Businesses can use the money to pay expenses such as rent, payroll, paying for liquor license renewals, capital improvements to allow for reopening.

Driehaus said that Hamilton County will use $5 million of its CARES Act allotment for the first round of assistance.

Small businesses can sign up on the county’s website to get an application and receive notifications. The deadline is next week on Wednesday, May 27, at 5:00 p.m.

Preliminary requirements for eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a small business with 50 or fewer total employees
  • The small business must have less than $1 million in gross revenue
  • The small business must show a loss of revenue of 50% or more due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The small business must be located in Hamilton County, Ohio
  • The small business has not already received federal assistance
  • Business must be in compliance with State of Ohio requirements
  • Business must be current with all local, state and federal taxes

For questions regarding the program, email

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