Ohio - COVID-19 Covered

Ohio

Total Cases: 849,704 (January 22)
Tests Administered: 8,726,178 (January 21)
Fatalities: 10,518 (January 22)
Testing:
  • A full list of active community health and testing centers in Ohio can he found here.  
  • Two new COVID-19 dashboards tracking the number of cases at Ohio child care centers are now available. (November 19)  
  • Interim Director of Health Lance Himes amended a directive that now requires all labs to start sharing all positive, negative, inconclusive, and invalid test results related to COVID-19 tests with the Ohio Department of Health. (October 20)  
  • Governor DeWine announced the creation of a new Lab Capacity Dashboard to help pharmacists, nursing homes, colleges and universities, employers, and others administering COVID-19 tests find a lab to run their samples. (October 13)  
  • Governor DeWine announced that Ohio entered into a multi-state purchasing agreement with Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia to expand the use of rapid point-of-care tests. (August 4)  

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Ohio’s Department of Health defined essential services as healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential government functions, essential infrastructure, grocery stores, food and beverage manufacturing, organizations that provide charitable and social services, religious entities, media, gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, financial and insurance institutions, hardware supply stores, critical trades, mail and delivery services, educational institution, laundry services, among others. (March 22 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Ohio has released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here  

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board voted unanimously to approve issuing $5 billion in dividends to Ohio’s employers in mid-December to ease the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (November 24)
  • Governor DeWine announced that the state is setting aside $30 million to assist the state’s 113 local health departments. (November 12) 
  • Governor DeWine requested that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation send up to $5 billion in dividends to Ohio employers to ease the financial impact from the pandemic. (October 28) 
  • Governor DeWine announced that the administration is developing a package of more than $419.5 million in CARES Act funding to help small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic. (October 23) 
  • Governor DeWine signed a bill that distributed $650 million Coronavirus Relief Funds to local governments across the state. (October 1)  
  • Governor DeWine announced the approval of assistance for 15 projects set to create 1,653 new jobs and retain another 1,676 jobs statewide. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $99 million in new payroll and spur more than $304 million in investments across Ohio. (July 28) 
  • Governor DeWine announced that he is awarding an additional grant of $15 million to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. (July 9 
  • Governor DeWine announced continued funding for the Ohio Department of Health Ohio 2-1-1 initiative, a phone service that connects thousands of Ohioans to local non-profit and government services for healthcare, meals, housing, transportation, mental health and legal services. (June 25) 
  • Governor DeWine signed an executive order which lists several reasons as “good cause” for refusing suitable work, so that Ohioans are still eligible for unemployment insurance. These include: a medical professional recommending someone not return to work because they fall into a high risk category, the employee is sixty-five or older, among others. (June 16) 
  • Governor DeWine allocated $13,285,000 in additional funds to the Temporary Assistance for Families in Need (TANF) program, along with up to $4,970,000 in additional funds to the Ohio Association of Food Banks and up to an additional $1,000,000 in funds to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. (April 10) 

 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The deadline to apply for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund has been extended to January 31. (January 5 
  • Governor DeWine announced a new $28 million program to help improve indoor air quality and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at senior living facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers. (November 30) 
  • The DeWine administration announced it would develop a package of more than $419.5 million in CARES Act funding to help small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic. (October 23) 
  • Governor DeWine signed a bill that ensured civil immunity to individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses, and other entities from lawsuits arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19, or any mutation of the virus, as long as they were not showing reckless, intentional, or willful misconduct. (September 14) 
  • Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control has granted more than 300 expansion requests to bars and restaurants to allow patrons more opportunities to enjoy dinner or drinks in a safe environment. (July 2) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Ohio announced that hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by January 17. (January 12) 
  • Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older the week of January 18. (January 12) 
  • The Ohio Department of Health announced a tool to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. (January 12 
  • Governor DeWine announced those in Phase 1B would be able to receive vaccinations beginning January 19 (January 7 
  • The Ohio Department of Health issued a directive requiring vaccine providers to develop a surplus vaccine redistribution plan. (January 5) 
  • Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed a health order encouraging people to stay at home during the hours of 10:00PM and 5:00AM, except when obtaining necessary food, medical care, or social services, or providing care for others. (December 31) 
  • Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health would extend the state’s 10:00PM to 5:00AM curfew until January 23. (December 30) 
  • During the week of December 21, Ohio is expected to receive 123,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as 201,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine. An additional 148,000 Pfizer vaccines and 89,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected the week of January 1, 2021. (December 15) 
  • Ohio began providing vaccinations in five to ten nursing homes on December 18. (December 14) 
  • Governor DeWine announced that Ohio would launch a new COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard that would list the number of people vaccinated in the state. (December 14) 
  • Governor DeWine extended the overnight COVID-19 curfew generally confining Ohioans to their homes to January 2 as the state reported high numbers. (December 10) 
  • Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed a health order encouraging people to stay at home during specified hours unless they are working or engaged in an essential activity. (November 19) 
  • The Ohio Department of Health will issue a 10:00PM to 5:00AM statewide curfew beginning November 19. The curfew would be in effect for 21 days. (November 17) 
  • Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a revised health order to limit mass gatherings. (November 16) 
  • Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a health order to enforce mask-wearing in retail locations across the state. (November 13) 
  • The Ohio Department of Health reissued Ohio’s mask order and added new provisions, including that each store would be required to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances to the store, and that each store would be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks. (November 11) 
  • Lieutenant Governor Husted announced that the one-game-per-calendar-day limit on sports competitions had been removed from the current sports order. (September 24) 
  • All restaurants, bars, banquets, and catering facilities were permitted to open for full, dine-in service as long as all safety standards were met. (September 24) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Ninety-six percent of public school districts have committed to returning to school at least partially in-person by March 1. (January 19 
  • Students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school would no longer be required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols. (December 30) 
  • Governor DeWine announced the goal of Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution is for schools to be fully open by March 1. (December 23 
  • The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child’s Individualized Education Programs. (October 30 
  • Governor DeWine announced that children who qualified for free or reduced-price meals, but were currently learning remotely, would soon receive additional money to purchase nutritious foods through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program made possible by the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (September 8 
  • The Ohio Department of Health issued a health order requiring K-12 students to wear face coverings while at school. (August 4) 
  • Governor DeWine announced new guidance for resuming school in the fall. (July 2) 

 

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