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COVID-19 State Updates: April 4

Everything you and your business need to know about state coronavirus response efforts for April 4, 2020.

On Friday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 410 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 more deaths Friday.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that his administration is asking local judges to consider the early release of 38 non-violent prisoners due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lt. Governor Husted announced Battelle and JobsOhio have partnered to provide free N95 mask sanitizing for hospitals for the next two weeks. Ohio still faces a critical shortage of PPE. Those with items to donate can email together@governor.ohio.gov. Manufacturers that may be able to temporarily repurpose to create PPE are asked to visit repurposingproject.com.

JobsOhio’s most recent Economic Impact Report is available now.

The Ohio Department of Education released a guide to help schools, educators, students, parents, and caregivers as they navigate remote learning. The guide is available on the Ohio Department of Education's website here.

Governor DeWine announced last week that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020. Updates included in the new order can be found here or on coronavirus.ohio.gov. It is GCP’s recommendation that you review the new order. Some of the highlights of the new order include:

  • The creation of a dispute resolution process that is effective on Monday (see below for more, developing, information) for situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business.

  • The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time. These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.

  • Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care.

  • The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.

  • A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen's permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.

  • The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19. This does not apply to private residential pools.

  • The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.

  • The closure of day camps for children.

  • The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports.

  • The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

The new Ohio dispute resolution panel will consist of Ohio Department of Commerce Director Sheryl Maxfield, Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo, for cases when “very similar” businesses are treated differently regarding essential status in separate health department jurisdictions; more information will be forthcoming on the dispute resolution board.

  • The Governor said the panel’s decisions will carry the force of law and will not be subject to appeal, as they must resolve matters quickly.

  • Deliberations will be accessible to the public and the underlying rationale for decisions will be given, though hearings will not be held in person.

  • Lt. Governor Husted said the new order contained revised federal guidance on what is an essential business in the e-commerce industry.

Governor DeWine announced the creation of his Economic Advisory Board that will help the administration work through economic issues facing Ohio. A list of the advisory board members can be found HERE. Several GCP members are on the Board, and the group will be led by Frank Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of RPM International.

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