Here are the latest details about the region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:
• Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed a “stay at home order for all Ohioans,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday. Other states call the idea “shelter in place.” There are exceptions for “common sense” activities, such as health and safety, getting necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity (although playgrounds are closed) and taking care of others. Certain types of businesses have been deemed “essential” and can continue to operate so long as they maintain cleanliness and 6 feet of social distancing. Carryout restaurants will remain open. It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday night and remains in effect until Monday, April 6.
• Read the Ohio Department of Health director’s stay at home order at j.mp/3bjiNj2.
• There are now 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, up from 247 on Saturday. That’s in 40 counties in Ohio. There are 83 hospitalizations, and the number of deaths remained at three.
• Hancock and Logan counties each had their first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
• Starting Thursday, daycare will only be available at facilities with pandemic childcare licenses. There will be a maximum of six children per room, with one teacher per six children.
• Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s asked the General Assembly to pass legislation to forego state-mandated testing for school children when it returns to session next week.
• The Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed an emergency measure Sunday to allow prescribing malaria drugs for both their intended purposes and to help people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19.
• Counties with recorded cases include Ashland (1), Ashtabula (2), Belmont (2), Butler (17), Carroll (1), Clark (1), Clermont (5), Clinton (1), Columbiana (2), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (125), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (6), Erie (1), Franklin (34), Gallia (1), Geauga (2), Greene (1), Hamilton (19), Hancock (1), Huron (1), Lake (6), Licking (1), Lorain (19), Lucas (5), Mahoning (18), Marion (1), Medina (10), Miami (13), Montgomery (5), Portage (1), Richland (1), Stark (10), Summit (23), Trumbull (3), Tuscarawas (2), Union (1), Warren (3), Wood (1)
• Procter & Gamble announced it will extend its “work from home where possible” protocols for office-based employees in U.S. and Canada. Employees at manufacturing and distribution facilities will continue operating to provide health, hygiene and cleaning products to consumers and essential businesses. P&G has a production facility and warehousing in Lima.
• Hancock County’s first case was a 21-year-old female Hancock County resident.
• Logan County, which wasn’t included on the state’s official list of 40 counties affected, said its first case is currently isolated and hospitalized outside Logan County. No further identifying information with be released, according to the Logan County Health District.
• Public health professionals in Logan County are trying to notify people who have been in prolonged, close contact with patients testing positive for COVID-19. Those who are not sick are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days. If you haven’t been contacted, you have not been identified as a person in close contact with the confirmed case.
• Widespread testing is still unavailable.
• Additional information for businesses is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov/businesshelp.
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