COVID-19 State Updates: May 5, 2020
Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below; more data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard here.
19,609 confirmed cases
865 probable cases
20,474 total cases
975 confirmed deaths
81 probable deaths
1,056 total deaths
1,090 ICU admissions
Governor DeWine provided an update on Ohio's plan for increased COVID-19 testing.
With new increased testing capacity, Ohio will prioritize testing in three groups and additional guidance is here.
Employers: per the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, please visit https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/employer/ and click on the “Return to Work Guidelines.”
Governor DeWine signaled Ohio’s restaurants may be allowed to re-open “not too long” after retailers are allowed to re-open on May 12; please note two separate advisory groups are convening to discuss recommendations and best practices when reopening dine-in restaurants, and personal service locations (hair salons, barbershops, etc.) throughout the state.
Lt. Governor Husted announced that, although opening dates for individual locations have not yet been finalized, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrars around the state may begin reopening as early as later this month.
Upon reopening, every deputy registrar will offer online the Ohio BMV's Get In Line program that was launched by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted as a pilot project last year.
Below are recommendations for water supply flushing for reopening of buildings under the statewide COVID-19 transition plan, and guidance for premise plumbing water service restoration.
Senate President Obhof stated his four priorities for the first full week of May are to get federal dollars into the hands of local governments, add money to the near-bankrupt state unemployment fund, make it easier for pharmacists to adjust patient medications and limit liability for businesses that might accidentally expose employees and customers to COVID-19.
The House Economic Recovery Task Force met Monday, with testimony provided by witnesses representing the hair salon, plumbing, building security, restaurant and athletic training industries with some raising concerns over the legality of and continued need for restrictions related to COVID-19.
The House Democratic Caucus Friday released some of their priority issues.