• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: April 20

By Sunday, 471 people in Ohio had died and 11,602 had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • About one in four coronavirus cases in Ohio now come from a state prison.

The Ohio Controlling Board will meet Monday to approve the distribution and expenditure of more federal funds related to the state's COVID-19 response just one week after its last meeting.

Governor Mike DeWine on Sunday implored the FDA to help the state get more supplies needed for coronavirus testing.

As the GCP Advocacy Team and GCP members continued to offer the Governor’s office and the legislature feedback and information throughout last week on possible protocols and best practices to be used in advance of a state “reopening” for specific businesses in certain industries, Ohioans will likely learn more details soon on Ohio’s phased-in process that will begin May 1.

The Ohio Federation of Teachers and the Cleveland Teachers Union have called on Governor DeWine to cancel in-person K-12 classes through the end of the school year because of coronavirus, cleveland.com reports.

  • The Administration talked to school officials over the weekend and will decide when buildings may reopen.

Ohio House Republicans, as part of an economic recovery task force, have agreed to hear more testimony sought by Ohio House Democrats.

  • Recommendations from the group will “stay fluid,” due to the timing of announcements made from the Governor’s office.

The Ohio Senate’s focus may be to figure out how the state will distribute federal money in the coronavirus stimulus package.

  • Senate President Larry Obhof: “My anticipation is you will see us back in the next several weeks, probably, maybe a little longer. ...If we need to pass some version of a mini-budget bill, frankly, to distribute CARES Act money, then we’ll come back and we’ll do that.”

As a reminder, Ohio’s voting deadline is April 28. Please note the following from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office:

  • The time is now to request a ballot. Don’t wait.

  • Learn how to get it done by visiting VoteOhio.gov.

  • Make sure your ballot is postmarked before April 28.

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