• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: May 8, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health reported Thursday that coronavirus cases increased by 555 and deaths increased by 46 from Wednesday, bringing the respective totals to 22,131 and 1,271. Cases have resulted in 4,052 hospitalizations and 1,151 intensive care unit admissions.

  • Thus far, over 175,000 Ohioans have been tested for coronavirus, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said.

More than 1.1 million Ohioans have filed for unemployment in the past three weeks which is more people than the prior three years combined.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced at his Thursday briefing that places of business such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15.

  • A list of mandatory and recommended best practices for personal services is here.

In addition, restaurants and bars can open for outside dining on May 15 with indoor dining opening on May 21.

  • Detailed lists of guidelines are here, and best practices are here.

On Monday, the Governor said he’ll have an announcement about childcare.

Under previously announced reopening plans, elective surgeries without an overnight hospital stay resumed May 1, manufacturing, distribution, construction and general office businesses reopened May 4 and consumer, retail and services businesses will reopen on May 12.

On the state re-openings Governor DeWine said,“Let me just state the obvious. The risk is up. The more contacts we have, the more that we do, the more risk there is.”

  • The business industries discussed Thursday want strict enforcement to identify any bad actors that can damage their collective reputations, Lt. Governor Husted added.

The Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released preliminary April 2020 revenue data.

  • Total General Revenue Fund tax receipts finished the month $866.5 million (-35.3%) below estimates.

  • Details on the specific impacts on K-12 schools and higher education institutions can be found at the following links: Higher Education, K-12 Education, K-12 Summary Tables.

  • The Governor’s 3.8% cut in funding for each of Ohio’s public colleges and universities adds up to $76.7 million overall, according to information released by the state’s budget office. See here for more details from Cleveland.com.

  • School district-level details for the planned $300.4 million in cuts to the state’s public K-12 schools through the end of the fiscal year on June 30 showed the largest cuts by percentage were in the suburban counties of Geauga (13.5%) and Delaware (13.2%).

  • The Cleveland school system is slated to lose $5.6 million, or about 1%.

The Ohio Senate sent a bill to the Ohio House on Wednesday that would provide $350 million to local governments to pay for expenses racked up to combat the coronavirus.

  • The money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed last month.

  • It can only be used on expenses related to the pandemic -- such as disinfectant, personal protective equipment and emergency personnel expenses.

  • The state has more money to send to local governments, but because federal guidelines are very strict, some state legislators are hopeful the federal rules will ease soon and they’ll release the rest of it.

Ohio House Republicans amended and passed a bill that would limit Ohio Department of Health orders to 14 days, unless a legislative panel agrees to extend them.

  • “We are in the middle of an emergency now,” Governor DeWine said. “....I don’t understand why anyone would think this is a great time to be changing the law, to be taking away the power of the executive branch to protect people.”

  • Another bill the House passed Wednesday would decriminalize violations of the health orders, making them a minor misdemeanor.

  • The Ohio Senate has not acted on either piece of legislation.

The Ohio House economic recovery task force Ohio 2020 will meet Friday at 10:00 a.m.

  • You can find all of the past testimony and agendas here.

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments on May 13 in a challenge by local communities to the state’s legislature’s decision to centralize municipal tax collection.

Two separate appeals will be heard, with one being an Elyria group of plaintiffs representing 28 Northeast Ohio communities.

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