• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: May 13, 2020




The Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday that cases of coronavirus increased by 473 and deaths increased by 79 from Monday, reaching respective totals of 25,250 and 1,436.

  • A total of 216,290 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Ohio.

In case you missed it, Lt. Governor Husted announced that sectors licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, including massage therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic therapy will be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures.

  • The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is here.

Tattoo and body piercing services will also be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures.

  • The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is here.

A list of members of the advisory groups who are in charge of developing statewide guidelines for gyms is listed here and outdoor recreation is here.

From the Governor’s Office here are five protocols for all businesses:

  • Require face coverings for employees and recommend them for clients/customers at all times.

  • Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”

  • Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.

  • Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.

  • Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines, including establish maximum capacity at 50% of fire code and, use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.

The Ohio Department of Health plans to screen 1,200 residents in their homes for the virus through a nasal swab test and through an antibody blood test.

  • Screening may start as soon as next week.

  • Selected households will receive a postcard and a letter in the mail.

  • Participation is voluntary and recipients may opt out by phone or email or decline to participate when the state workers arrive.

The Ohio Department of Health is looking to fill open “contact tracing” jobs, part-time health workers who will help investigate small coronavirus outbreaks to try to prevent them from spreading.

With the joblessness accompanying the coronavirus pandemic, more Ohioans are turning to Medicaid for health coverage with approximately 3 million people now on Medicaid.

  • “We had an increase in the number of people by about 140,000 from the end of March until the end of April,” said Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran.

Senate President Larry Obhof announced Tuesday the return of $1 million from the Ohio Senate’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget to the state’s General Revenue Fund, as part of a plan to offset state revenue shortfalls and reduce government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • This figure is more than 20% of the Senate’s remaining appropriation for Fiscal Year 2020.”

  • The reduction is from the Senate’s budget for FY2020 and will be returned to the state’s General Revenue Fund when the fiscal year ends on June 30.

On Wednesday, SB 308, sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman will receive its second hearing; the bill seeks to revise the law governing immunity from civil liability and amendments and a possible vote have been scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • The Senate could pass the amended version of the bill on the Senate floor this afternoon.

The health care industry, businesses and individuals would receive further protection from civil liability for COVID-19 transmission under similar legislation; the substitute version of HB 606, was accepted by the House Civil Justice Committee on Tuesday.

  • The bill will receive another hearing on Wednesday, but may not receive a vote during that meeting.

Additional Resources

JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control announced they will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor.

  • Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. Permit holders must register to be eligible for rebate.

  • There are more than 13,600 eligible permits in Ohio, totaling $6.8 million in potential rebates available to bars and restaurants.

  • To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, visit Wholesale.OHLQ.com.

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