• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: April 21

According to the numbers reported Monday by the Ohio Department of Health, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased by nearly 4,000 from Friday to Monday, to reach 12,919 cases.

  • The number of deaths increased by 91 over the weekend, reaching a total of 509 in the state.

  • There have been a total of 2,653 hospitalizations with 798 ICU admissions.

Governor Mike DeWine said he’s been told by numerous small business owners that one thing they can’t endure is having the state lift restrictions only to reimpose them again a few weeks later.

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.

Governor DeWine announced K-12 schools in Ohio will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • No decisions have been made regarding if schools will reopen in the fall.

  • An option may be considered of blended learning – a mix of in-person and online classes – as an option for the fall.

  • DeWine also said he’s made no decision yet on whether and when to allow daycare centers to re-open.

Because COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting minority groups in Ohio and across the country, Governor DeWine announced he has formed a new Minority Health Strike Force; a list of individuals serving on the Minority Health Strike Force can be found here.

Ahead of its Monday meeting, the Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force of the House of Representatives launched a website where small business owners can fill out witness slips to request to testify before the committee. Video footage from past meetings, copies of testimony, as well as task force agendas and schedules can also be found on the website. The website can be accessed at Ohio2020.OhioHouse.Gov.

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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