COVID-19 State Updates: March 23
Everything you and your business need to know about state coronavirus response efforts for March 23, 2020.
There are 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to new statistics from the Ohio Department of Health. The disease has been confirmed in 40 counties and has caused 83 hospitalizations. The number of coronavirus deaths continues to be three.
It’s been reported that the state received 139,468 unemployment applications from Sunday through Thursday last week; this is an increase over the 4,815 received over the same five-day period the previous week.
The Governor announced that Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH signed a "stay at home" order until April 6. The stay at home directive allows for some exceptions such as leaving home for essential activities, for health and safety, for needed supplies, for outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to care for others. The order lists essential businesses that will remain open during this time that will be subject to social distancing directives. The order, enforced by the local health departments and local law enforcement, goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 23.
The Governor also announced a day-care order that will last through April 30. Day-care centers around the state will operate under temporary pandemic child-care licenses starting March 26. The order limits rooms to six children at a time, requires rigorous cleaning of shared spaces, and limits parent interaction at drop-off and pickup.
Please note Ohio’s senior centers will be indefinitely closed after the end of business on Monday.
As a reminder, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is able to get businesses access to up to $2 million in low-interest federal loans to help them stay afloat during the crisis.
The Lt. Governor also made available resources to help employees who may wish to use this time to obtain online job training in order to qualify them for a different position once work can resume. You can find that information at Workforce.Ohio.gov and selecting “Training Resources.”
Voters can learn more about what’s being done to safely bring Ohio’s primary election to a conclusion at VoteOhio.gov/CoronaFacts.
The Ohio Senate has notified its members to be on notice for a possible voting session today at the call of the chair, with three hours' advance notice.
As of March 23, the Ohio House has scheduled session for Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. They also have session scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on March 25 and 1:00 p.m. on March 26