• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: April 30


There are 17,303 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 937 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths.

  • A total of 3,421 people have been hospitalized, including 1,014 admissions to intensive care units.

  • In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Lt. Governor Husted reemphasized that face coverings are required for employers and employees while on the job. Exceptions for employers and employees include when:

  • An employee in a particular position is prohibited by a law or regulation from wearing a face covering while on the job

  • Wearing a face covering on the job is against documented industry best practices

  • Wearing a face covering is not advisable for health purposes

  • If wearing a face covering is a violation of a company’s safety policies

  • An employee is sitting alone in an enclosed workspace

  • There is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn by an employee

If any of these exceptions apply to a business or employee, written justification must be provided upon request.

Governor DeWine announced that nearly $16 million in grant funding is now available for local law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers, and adult, juvenile, and community corrections agencies.

The Governor also announced Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management agencies (EMA) across Ohio. This particular shipment includes:

  • 500,000 N95 masks

  • 850,000 face shields

  • 750,000 surgical-type masks

  • 2 million non-medical gloves

Governor DeWine reminded Ohio educators that they must ensure social distancing during any and all graduation ceremonies. Additional guidance can be found on the Ohio Department of Education's website. The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health issued the following suggestions for local schools and health departments:

  • Virtual graduation ceremonies (preferred)

  • Drive-in ceremonies where students drive to a designated location at a designated time to get their diplomas

  • Outdoor ceremonies with 10 people or less who are socially distanced

Additional State Guidance

  • A second amended K-12 school closure is here

  • A checklist for healthcare procedures and hospitals is here

  • FAQ’s for masks in the workplace is here

  • Contact tracing information is here

  • Five responsible protocols for all businesses is here

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