• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: May 20, 2020



The Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday that cases of coronavirus increased by 498 and deaths increased by 63 from Monday, reaching respective totals of 28,952 and 1,720. Cases have resulted in 5,117 hospitalizations and 1,357 intensive care unit admissions.

The Ohio House and Senate held numerous committee meetings on Tuesday. The Ohio House and Ohio Senate will meet for session today.

  • Civil immunity legislation in the Ohio House, HB 606, and Ohio Senate, SB 308, will receive continued hearings. HB 606 received its third hearing for all testimony in House Civil Justice Committee yesterday. The bill is scheduled to have a fourth hearing for all testimony and a substitute bill today at 9:00 a.m. SB 308 will receive its third hearing for all testimony, with amendments and a vote possible, in Senate Judiciary Committee today at 9:15 a.m. GCP advocacy staff remains in close contact with legislative leaders as proceedings progress.

Governor DeWine released details of the new "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.

  • The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible.

  • The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.

  • The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio.

  • Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged.

  • The Administration will share a copy of the order as soon as possible.

Additionally, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are exhibiting the symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, remain prohibited from entering the state of Ohio unless they are doing so under medical orders for purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency medical services EMS, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for the purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio.

Governor DeWine also announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC.

  • Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings.

  • These packages will be shipped in batches beginning tomorrow.

  • The masks are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

Responsible RestartOhio documents: day camps are here, pools and aquatic centers are here, golf courses are here, gyms, dance studios and fitness centers are here, baseball and softball leagues are here, and tennis courts are here.

There are now printable posters and forms for employers/businesses to download and use here.

Governor DeWine announced that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are operating safely under the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

  • The enforcement team will operate as part of the Ohio Department of Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants.

  • Businesses found violating the Stay Safe Ohio order or the Dine Safe Ohio order will receive administrative citations that could result in the revocation of liquor licenses.

  • The OIU team will also work with municipal prosecutors to take potential criminal actions against business owners who do not follow the order, which includes the requirement that patrons remain seated while eating/drinking and that parties stay six feet apart.

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