COVID-19 State Updates: March 31
Everything you and your business need to know about state coronavirus response efforts for March 31, 2020.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 39 deaths, with cases resulting in 475 hospitalizations and 163 intensive care unit admissions.
As of March 30, at least 29 states are under strict stay-at-home orders; DeWine has been in contact with Governors from the bordering states on how to best prevent cross-border spread.
Governor Mike DeWine Monday announced the Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will sign an order extending school closings through Friday, May 1. They will reevaluate as that new deadline approaches.
Governor DeWine will develop a business advisory group to convene by phone to:
Ensure businesses are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe;
Provide recommendations (to the greatest extent possible) to mitigate the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our economy in Ohio;
Provide recommendations on building a platform for economic recovery.
More details on this group will be released.
Governor DeWine announced today he has formed a "Homelessness Team" to help people who may rely on homeless shelters, domestic shelters, group homes, and recovery housing - all of which pose challenges for social distancing.
Cleveland.com, among others, is reporting the Governor and Ohio's congressional delegation asked the President to declare Ohio a "major disaster" area because of the coronavirus; the designation would open up emergency federal funding to the state. Trump has signed off on disaster declarations for more than 20 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia in recent days.
The Ohio General Assembly is extending their work from home policy until May 4 based on distancing guidelines.
The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order which aligns time requirements as established by all Supreme Court-promulgated rules. See here for FAQs on the order.
Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced unpaid insurance premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May for the current policy year can be deferred until June 1, 2020. Learn more here.
Last week, the Ohio 2020 Primary Election was extended to April 28, 2020. Request an absentee ballot to vote by mail: Request Form
A coalition of voting groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday evening challenging provisions that extend absentee voting until April 28; the groups believe the changes create a cumbersome vote-by-mail process and will harm minority voters.
The Ohio Lottery Commission reported that during the final two weeks of March, the Ohio Lottery will bring in about $30 million less than it did during the same time period last year.