• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: April 14

On Monday, the state announced total deaths from COVID-19 have reached 274.

Ohioans could need to wear a mask for the next year to keep the coronavirus at bay as businesses reopen, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said.

Ohio officials are ordering all nursing homes to disclose cases of coronavirus within 24 hours and the Ohio Department of Health plans to publish the institutions on its website.

The Ohio Department of Health soon will distribute thousands of ventilators and millions of masks to those fighting the coronavirus pandemic, after the Ohio Controlling Board approved spending nearly $173.9 million on coronavirus relief on Monday.

  • The funding comes from the federal coronavirus relief act. It will send an estimated $4.5 billion in coronavirus relief to Ohio to be split between state and local government.

  • The Controlling Board also approved millions in food aid.

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber stated on Monday that local governments should be planning for a substantial revenue decline as state government is.

Lt. Governor Husted announced there are over 40,000 job postings on the JobSearch.Ohio.Gov website from 642 unique companies.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s economic recovery task force continues to meet this week; the group meets again today at 12:30 p.m. and it may offer a report of recommendations by the end of the week.

State Senator Matt Huffman, who is next in line to be Ohio Senate President, sent a letter to the Governor recently asking that businesses in less densely populated areas with fewer confirmed coronavirus cases be authorized to reopen.

The Governor said he has regular conference calls with legislators, other governors, and Vice President Mike Pence. He said he hopes to release an Ohio plan for emerging from the shutdown caused by the pandemic that he believes will meet the approval of the Trump administration as well as those in Ohio.

Governor Mike DeWine announced liquor sales would be banned in six counties (Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson and Belmont) along or near the Pennsylvania border to anyone who does not have valid Ohio identification, to curb the interstate spread of coronavirus.

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