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COVID-19 State Updates: April 17



The number of Ohioans who have died from coronavirus increased to 389 on Thursday, with 8,414 infections.

Governor Mike DeWine said that, while coronavirus hospital admissions have been flat for a week, Ohio needs more data and a genuine decline in infections.

Beginning May 1, 2020, the state will begin a phased-in reopening of the state economy.

  • The plan will be fact-driven over a long period of time to minimize the health risk to business owners, employees, and their customers.

  • In consultation with Dr. Amy Acton, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is leading the Governor’s board of economic advisors to identify best practices, many of which will be based on "essential" businesses that have been open. Several GCP members are represented on the team and the GCP Advocacy Team is offering key business feedback to high-ranking state officials.

  • The Governor also said workers and shoppers should embrace routine use of face masks, sanitizer, and social distancing.

Governors JB Pritzker (IL), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), Eric Holcomb (IN) and Andy Beshear (KY) Thursday announced that they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.

Governor DeWine signed an order to waive the requirement for commercial vehicles to file an application for a single trip permit if they are transporting COVID-19 emergency relief supplies while traveling into or throughout Ohio. Read the order here.

Leaders praised Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus efforts to the House Economic Recovery Task Force Thursday, while also detailing how those measures have hurt businesses and charitable organizations and how restrictions should be lifted soon.

  • The group heard similar comments Wednesday.

  • The next meeting will be Friday at 12:30 p.m., livestreamed on the Ohio Channel. The list of scheduled witnesses includes Keith Lake, Ohio Chamber of Commerce vice president; Collin Castore, co-founder of Seventh Son Brewery; Kevin Wieging, president/owner of UltraSound Special Events Inc.; Tim Wolfe, owner of Patties and Pints; and Don Bowles, owner of Dreamcatcher Communications C103FM.

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