COVID-19 State Updates: March 22
Everything you and your business need to know about state coronavirus response efforts for March 22, 2020.
Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and Dr. Acton reported the following data at their daily 2:00 PM press conference:
247 confirmed cases
58 individuals hospitalized
Confirmed cases across 33 of the 88 counties in the state (*Dr. Acton continues to highlight that the “data” is a snapshot and the conditions in Ohio right now are far more challenging than the data indicates).
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is delaying premium installment payments due for March, April and May until June 1, 2020. As the June 1 date gets closer, this issue may be reconsidered. Additionally, BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of COVID-19. For more information, click here.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue waivers for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of essential goods Information available at ODOT’s website at www.transportation.ohio.gov.
Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton gave increasingly strong direction that Ohioans stay home whenever possible. They used images and explanation from this New York Times article to support their points. Governor DeWine said, “What we do now will ultimately determine how many Ohioans will die.”
States across the country have issued orders to shut down major aspects of business and society to combat the spread of the virus. Illinois was the latest example with the order issued this past Friday. Other examples include Pennsylvania, New York and California.