COVID-19 State Updates: March 19
Everything you and your business need to know about state coronavirus response efforts for March 19, 2020.
In Ohio, there are 88 confirmed cases and 26 individuals currently being hospitalized.
Governor DeWine recommends businesses take an aggressive approach to sanitize all surfaces. He recommends employees’ temperatures be taken on a daily basis. If an employee has a high temperature, they should be sent home to prevent spread.
The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) unanimously voted to suspend enforcement of regulations requiring in-person visits between providers and patients. The motion said, “Providers must act in good faith in establishment and/or continuance of the provider-patient relationship. The medical board will provide advance notice before beginning enforcement when the state emergency orders are lifted.” The board also unanimously passed a measure authorizing SMBO staff to work with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and other agencies to allow out-of-state doctors to practice in Ohio.
According to the Public Utilities Commission on of Ohio (PUCO), water, electric, gas, sewer, and landline telephone companies have suspended service disconnections for customers whose bills are overdue during the coronavirus threat. These actions come in response to a PUCO order last week.
An administration official Wednesday outlined a DeWine administration plan to continue paying child care providers the amount they currently receive for publicly funded children and to create a new child care license to permit some child care providers to serve children of workers in the “health, safety and essential service fields” – all in preparation for the possible closing of child care programs across the state. In addition, “the administration is proceeding with setting up a new “temporary pandemic child care license” to cover providers who are caring for the children of workers in the health, safety and essential service fields during the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic. This new license will apply only to centers, not family day cares.
A previous executive order, increased the number of children allowed to be supervised by child care staff, depending on the type of program and ages of children being served. It also increased from 10 to 20 the number of paid absent days for providers serving children in the Publicly Funded Child Care program, and it provides child care programs with 21 paid days if they must close their programs because of the pandemic, ODJFS explained in a release. ODJFS and county agencies are responsible for licensing and inspecting all child care settings in Ohio. In addition, ODJFS offers financial assistance to eligible parents to help them with child care costs while they engage in work, education or job training.
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Governor DeWine announced that he will order the majority of Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) offices to close. Some online services will continue to operate. To comply with this order, law enforcement offices have been instructed not to issue tickets for expired drivers licenses. Of Ohio's 186 BMV locations and 57 driver exam stations, a handful will remain open to issue and renew commercial driver licenses and perform commercial knowledge exams to ensure that the transportation of necessities is not interrupted. The open location in Northeast Ohio is: Deputy Registrar – 22125 Rockside Road, Bedford 44146 Driver Exam Station - 22123 Rockside Road, Bedford 44146.
Governor DeWine also announced all spas, tattoo parlors, barber shops, and beauty salons to close.
Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.