Coronavirus latest: 138,484 cases in Ohio; 57,282 in Kentucky; 106,540 in Indiana
>> WE’RE FROM MOUNT ST. JOSEPH UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI. THEY STARTED IN 1920, IT WAS THE FIRST CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN IN SOUTHWESTERN OHIO. 1986, THE UNIVERSITY FORMALLY DECLARED CO-EDUCATIONAL, WE CONGRATULATE THEM ON 100 YEARS. GO LIONS! GOVERNOR DEWINE: TODAY IS THE SIXTH MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECISION TO CANCEL SPECTATORS ATTENDING THE ARNOLD CLASSIC. SIX MONTHS, HARD TO BELIEVE. THAT WAS CERTAINLY A TOUGH DECISION FOR US. BUT I BELIEVE IT SET OHIO ON A VERY GOOD PATH. I WANT TO THANK COLUMBUS MAYOR ANDY GUNTHER, COLUMBUS HEALTH DIRECTOR ROBERTS, AND OF COURSE, THEN OHIO DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR. AMY ACTON FOR THEIR WORK ON THAT DECISION. IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION, IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION, BUT GOT US STARTED. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT WE’VE BEEN AT THIS NOW FOR SIX MONTHS. WE’VE ALL LEARNED A LOT IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME. LEARNED A LOT MORE ABOUT THIS VIRUS. OHIOANS FROM THE BEGINNING HAVE STEPPED UP. YOU HAVE STEPPED UP. AND ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD GREAT TRAGEDY, A NUMBER OF OHIOANS DYING, A NUMBER OF OHIOANS BEING VERY SICK, A NUMBER OF OHIOANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT OHIOANS HAVE DONE PRETTY WELL THROUGHOUT THIS IN THE SENSE OF STEPPING UP AND DOING WHAT IT TOOK SO THAT WE DID NOT GET IN A SITUATION LIKE SOME OTHER STATES, AT LEAST NOT SO FAR, WHERE WE SAW THE VIRUS SPIKE UP DRAMATICALLY. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AVOID THAT AND, FRANKLY, THAT’S A TRIBUTE TO WHAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HAS DONE DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME. LABOR DAY IS COMING UP. LABOR DAY WEEKEND. AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT THIS. AND PEOPLE MAY ASK, WELL, WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT LABOR DAY? WHAT WE SAW OVER THE 4th OF JULY WAS A REALLY DRAMATIC UPTICK IN TRAVEL. PEOPLE GETTING TOGETHER. WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT PEOPLE IN A NORMAL YEAR TO DO, WHERE THE 4th OF JULY — WITH THE 4th OF JULY WEEKEND AND AS A RESULT OF THAT AND SOME DAYS, WEEKS AFTER THAT, WE BEGAN SEEING THE UPTICK AGAIN IN A NUMBER OF CASES. SO LABOR DAY, LABOR DAY IS COMING. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE DANGERS THAT WE FACE ON THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE EXPRESSED IT DIRECTLY TO ME AND ASKED ME TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU THE MESSAGE OF PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE CAREFUL. WHAT WE DO THIS WEEKEND WILL REALLY DETERMINE WHAT OUR FALL IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE. WE’VE GOT A LOT AT STAKE. WE’VE GOT KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL. WE’VE GOT COLLEGE KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS GOING FOR US IN OHIO. AND WE DO NOT WANT TO TURN BACK. WHAT WE DO, WHAT WE DON’T DO WILL CERTAINLY DETERMINE THE FALL. WE CERTAINLY CAN STILL HAVE FUN. WE CAN GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY MEMBERS. MANY PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING. THE MEDICAL EXPERTS TELL US THAT IT’S REALLY NOT SO MUCH WHERE YOU GO BUT RATHER WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU DO IT. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU DRIVE AN HOUR TO A STATE PARK WITH YOUR FAMILY, YOU’RE TOGETHER, YOU GO OUT, AND YOU HIKE, YOU ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS, THAT’S ONE THING. THAT’S PRETTY BENIGN, THAT’S PRETTY SAFE. BUT IF YOU JUST WALK NEXT DOORS TO YOUR NEIGHBOR’S WHO’S HAVING A BARBECUE WITH A LOT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS THERE, BUT NO ONE SOCIAL DISTANCES, NO ONE WEARS A MASK, EVEN THOUGH THAT’S RIGHT NEXT DOOR, IT MAY SEEM LIKE IT’S SAFE, IT’S A LOT MORE DANGEROUS THAN GOING TO THAT STATE PARK, EVEN THOUGH YOU DROVE AN HOUR, SO IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW FAR YOU GO. IT’S REALLY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO, WHAT WE ALL DO WHEN WE GET THERE. I WANT TO SHOW A CHART, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN, WE’RE GOING TO HEAR IN A MOMENT FROM MIAMI UNIVERSITY’S PRESIDENT, AND A LOT ON THE NEW OF COURSE, NATIONAL NEWS AS WELL AS LOCAL NEWS ABOUT OUR UNIVERSITIES COMING BACK IN. THIS CHART SHOWS THE WEEKLY DATA FROM MARCH THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST. AND IT FEATURES AGE GROUPS AMONG OHIOANS AGES 0-29, SO AS YOU LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS NOT EVERYBODY. THIS IS 0-29. AND SO YOU START AT THE BOTTOM WITH 0-4, NEXT COLOR UP, YOU’RE 5-10 YEARS OF AGE, THEN 11-13, THEN 14-17. AND THEN YOU GET UP INTO WHAT WE CALL ORANGE, OF SORTS, ORANGE-YELLOW, I GUESS, AND THAT IS 18-22. AND SO THIS IS, YOU KNOW, THE TRULY REMARKABLE NUMBERS, AND AGAIN, UNIVERSITIES ARE BACK. A LOT OF OUR UNIVERSITIES ARE DOING FRANKLY A VERY GOOD JOB IN TESTING. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, YOU’RE SEEING 35% OF THE CASES THIS PAST WEEK, 35% OF THE CASES OF THOSE TESTED POSITIVE, WERE IN THAT VERY FINE AGE GROUP OF 18-22. SO JUST AN INTERESTING CHART AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND TO OUR FRIENDS IN COLLEGE, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, WE ASK YOU TO BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE WHILE ALL OF US, WHEN WE WERE IN YOUR AGE, THOUGHT WE WERE INVINCIBLE, YOU CAN PASS THIS ON. YOU CAN GET IT AND PASS IT ON AND THAT REALLY IS THE DANGER, IT’S PASSED ON TO SOMEONE WHO IS OLDER, SOMEONE WHO HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM. AND WE HAVE SEEN WHERE THOSE 18-22 HAVE IN FACT CERTAINLY HAVE GOTTEN SICK. WE KNOW THAT YOUR ODDS, MORTALITY, IS MUCH BETTER ODDS OBVIOUSLY THE YOUNGER YOU ARE. SO WHILE MANY OF THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS CERTAINLY MAY NOT GET SERIOUSLY SICK, WHAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE SPREAD AND WE’LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT WITH MIAMI’S PRESIDENT. ERIC, LET’S GO TO THE KEY INDICATORS TODAY. WE’RE AT 1345 CASES AND 50 DEATHS. SO NOT CERTAINLY — CERTAINLY NOT GOOD. IT’S CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE’VE SEEN, WE’VE SORT OF HIT A PLATEAU AND WE CAN’T — CERTAINLY CAN’T DROP BELOW A THOUSAND AND WE’RE AROUND 1200, 1300. THAT CONTINUES ON. SAD NOTE, OF COURSE, 50 DEATHS REPORTED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SINCE YESTERDAY, AS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON A SINGLE DAY SINCE JUNE. WE’RE ALSO REPORTING 89 NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS AND 14 NEW ICU ADMISSIONS. LET’S GO TO OUR TOP 88 COUNTIES. AS YOU RECALL, WE HAVE STARTED DOING THIS A FEW WEEKS AGO, REALLY JUST TRYING TO DO THE SNAPSHOT OF TWO WEEKS TO SEE HOW MANY CASES EACH COUNTY HAD AND THEN WE EQUALIZE THAT OUT BY PUTTING IT PER 100,000 POPULATION. SO WE’LL SEE THOSE COUNTIES. LET’S GO, ERIC, TO THE 10, IF WE COULD. AND YOU’LL SEE PUTNAM COUNTY AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY. NEXT COUNTY, BUTLER, JACKSON, DARK, MERCER COUNTY CERTIFICATE, HENRY AND AUGLESE. AND AGAIN, MOST OF THESE COUNTIES, NINE OF THESE TEN COUNTIES ARE FAIRLY RURAL COUNTIES, BUTLER IS CERTAINLY NOT A RURAL COUNTY. AT LEAST MOST OF IT IS NOT, BUT — SO THAT REALLY LEAVES EIGHT THAT ARE PRETTY MUCH RURAL COUNTIES. LET ME KIND OF GO THROUGH THESE FOR A MOMEN SO LET’S GO — ERIC, LET’S GO TO THE MAP NOW. SO THIS IS THE NEW MAP. 67 OF OUR COUNTIES STAYED AT THE SAME LEVEL AS THEY DID LAST WEEK. THE GREATEST MOVEMENT HAPPENED WITH 12 COUNTIES MOVING DOWN FROM ORANGE TO YELLOW. WE LIKE TO SEE THAT. WE NOW HAVE 39 YELLOW COUNTIES, THE HIGHEST NUMBER WE’VE HAD SINCE JULY 2. THE POPULATION OF OHIOANS LIVING IN COUNTIES IN YELLOW P COUNTIES ALSO HIT A HIGH TODAY, 26% OF A FOURTH OF ALL OHIOANS ARE NOW LIVING IN A YELLOW COUNTY, SO THAT’S AN IMPROVEMENT. MARINE COUNTY DROPPED TWO LEVELS THIS WEEK FROM RED TO YELLOW AND FRANKLY WE ASKED WHAT WAS GOING ON IN LORRAINE. LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TELL US MORE RESIDENTS ARE FOLLOWING THE PROTOCOLS OR USING MASKS, AND ALSO USING CAUTION WHEN PLANNING GATHERNGS OR TAKING THE DEPARTMENT’S RECOMMENDED HEALTH PROTOCOLS INTO CONSIDERATION WITH MAKING THOSE PLANS. — WHEN MAKING THOSE PLANS. CERTAINLY GREAT NEWS, BUT WE STILL HAVE COUNTIES THAT ARE RED. SEVEN COUNTIES THIS WEEK, BUTLER, LUKAS, MERCER, MONTGOMERY AND WAYNE. LET’S START WITH PUTNAM, WHICH HAS THE HIGHEST RATE, 268 CASES PER 100,000, SO THEY ARE AT NUMBER ONE. THEY’RE RED FOR THE% TIME THIS WEEK. THEY HAVE SEEN A SUSTAINED INCREASE IN NEW CASES DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS, THEY’VE HAD 91 NEW CASES OUT OF A TOTAL OF 351 CASES IN THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC. THAT’S A QUARTER OF ALL THE CASES THEY’VE HAD JUST IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. THEY’VE INCREASED FROM AN AVERAGE OF 3.6 CASES PER DAY ON AUGUST 15th TO AN AVERAGE OF 9.3 CASES PER DAY ON AUGUST 26. COUNTY HAS ALSO SEEN A SUSTAINED INCREASE IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS FOR COVID-LIKE ILLNESSES, WHICH OF COURSE ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS. THE CASES THEY ARE SEEING ARE PRIMARILY ASSOCIATED WITH FAMILY GATHERINGS AND COMMUNITY SPREAD. LET’S GO TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THEY REMAIN RED THIS WEEK. THEY’VE HAD 19.3 PERCENT OF THEIR CASES DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THAT’S 1191 NEW CASES IN TWO WEEKS COMPARED TO 6,146 TOTAL CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. THEY’RE SEEING A SUSTAINED INCREASE IN OUTPATIENT VISITS FOR COVID-LIKE ILLNESS FROM AN AVERAGE OF 36 VISITS PER DAY. ON AUGUST 24. NOW TO 46.3 VISITS PER DAY. WE ARE SEEING OF COURSE, SOME OF THIS IS BEING DRIVEN BY WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON. UNIVERSITY IS HAS — HAS SCHEDULED REMOTE LEARNING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14 TO HELP MITIGATE THE SPREAD. HOLE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH UD ON CONTACT TRACING AND MESSAGING. MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS SEVERAL LONG-TERM FACILITY OUTBREAKS, WHICH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ARE WORKING ON. LET’S TURN TO BUTLER COUNTY. SADLY, BUTLER COUNTY TURNS RED THIS WEEK, THEY’VE HAD 841 NEW CASES IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. OUT OF 4300 TOTAL CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. THAT’S A 19% OF THEIR TOTAL CASES HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS. THEY ARE ALSO SEEING AN INCREASE IN OUTPATIENT VISITS FOR COVID-LIKE ILLNESS FROM AN AVERAGE OF 58 VISITS PER DAY ON AUGUST 21, TO 73 VISITS PER DAY ON AVERAGE ON SEPTEMBER 1. MIAMI UNIVERSITY IS CERTAINLY IMPACTING CASES FOR BUTLER COUNTY, THEY’VE HAD OUTBREAKS ASSOCIATED WITH STUDENTS ATTENDING HOUSE PARTIES. AND AGAIN, LET ME JUST SAY, WE ARE SEEING THIS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE’RE SEEING UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, WE’RE SEEING OHIO STATE, WE’RE SEEING MIAMI, WE’RE SEEING SOME AT UC AND OTHER PLACES. BUT I THINK THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WHEN YOU’RE SEEING THOSE CASES, THAT MEANS THERE IS TESTING, THAT MEANS THE UNIVERSITY IS BEING AGGRESSIVE IN GOING AFTER THIS PROBLEM. AND AS I WILL TALK TO DR. CRAWFORD IN A MOMENT, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, OUR MESSAGE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS IS THE SAME MESSAGE THAT PRESIDENTS HAVE HAD FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENTS IN PRETTY BLUNT TERMS, AND THAT IS, IF YOU WANT TO STAY HERE, IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN CLASS, AND HAVE A COLLEGE YEAR, THINGS HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT, YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK, HAVE TO NOT GO TO LARGE PARTIES, HAVE TO KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE. LET’S TURN TO MERCER COUNTY. CONTINUES RED THIS WEEK. THE COUNTY HAS HAD 72 NEW CASES DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. WHICH IS ALMOST 9% OF THEIR TOTAL CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. MERCER COUNTY CONTINUES TO HAVE COMMUNITY SPREAD, SO WE ASK OUR FRIENDS IN MERCER COUNTY TO WEAR A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE, VERY IMPORTANT. PREBLE COUNTY REMAINS RED THIS WEEK, BECAUSE THEY MEET THE C.D.C.’S THRESHOLD FOR HIGH INCIDENTS. 122 CASES PER 100,000. THEY’VE HAD 50 NO CASES DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS OUT OF 358 TOTAL SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. THAT’S A 14% INCREASE — EXCUSE ME, THAT’S 14% OF THEIR TOTAL CASES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. THEY’VE HAD OUTBREAKS IN A GROUP HOME. AND HAVE WORKED HARD TO CONTROL A LARGE OUTBREAK IN A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY. LUKAS COUNTY, LUKAS COUNTY REMAINS RED THIS WEEK BECAUSE THEY MEET THE C.D.C.’S THRESHOLD FOR HIGH INCIDENCE, WHICH THEY ARE AT 112 PER 100,000 POPULATION. THEY’VE HAD 481 NEW CASES IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THEY’VE HAD SEVERAL LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES OUTBREAKS THAT LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ARE IN FACT MONITORING. WAYNE COUNTY IS RED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK. CASES HAVE INCREASED FROM AN AVERAGE OF 5.5 CASES PER DAY ON AUGUST 15, NOW TO AN AVERAGE OF 12.1 CASES PER DAY. THEY’VE HAD 104 NEW CASES DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS. YOU’RE ALSO SEEING A SUSTAINED INCREASE IN OUTPATIENT VISITS FOR COVID-LIKE ILLNESS FROM AN AVERAGE OF 4.6 VISITS PER DAY ON AUGUST 25 TO 9.6 ON SEPTEMBER 1. COUNTIES HAVE HAD SEVERAL OUTBREAKS IN BUSINESS AND CHURCHES. THERE ALSO IS A LARGE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OUTBREAK. LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS BEEN WORKING ON THIS, AND WE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEM. LET ME JUST TALK ABOUT, WE’VE SHARED IN THE PAST, SOME STORIES ABOUT HOW WE’RE SEEING JUST ANECDOTALLY HOW WE’RE SEEING THE SPREAD. IN CINCINNATI, MULTIPLE OFF-CAMPUS PARTIES WITH STUDENTS ATTENDING FROM SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES. ON AUGUST 14th, HAVE RESULTED IN AT LEAST 78 CONFIRMED CASES SO FAR. UP IN WOOD COUNTY, THERE WERE SMALL SOCIAL GATHERINGS THAT LED TO A FEW CASES, BUT THOSE, WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, HAVE NOW SPREAD THE VIRUS TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE. THE COUNTY HAS 15 CONFIRMED CASES ASSOCIATED WITH A UNIVERSITY MOVE-IN DAY ON AUGUST AGAIN, THESE STORIES SHOW US HOW QUICKLY THIS VIRUS CAN SPREAD. AGAIN, TO EMPHASIZE, WE CAN GET IT FROM OUR FRIENDS, WE CAN GET IT FROM OUR FAMILY, BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, DON’T SHOW SIGNS OF IT. SOMETIMES, IT IS — IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO KNOW IF THEY HAVE IT. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW AND THEY DON’T KNOW THAT THEY HAVE IT. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE CAREFUL AND VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND. LET ME TURN TO ANOTHER SUBJECT. WE’VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS BEFORE, BUT I WANT TO GIVE EVERYONE AN UPDATE AND THEN WE’LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION LATER. AND THAT IS, WASTE MONITORING NETWORK. WE’RE POSTING INFORMATION TODAY AT CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV ABOUT THE OHIO CORONAVIRUS WASTEWATER MONITORING NETWORK. THIS IS A NEW EFFORT, TO STUDY WASTEWATER. I AT A NUMBER OF SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ACROSS THE STATE TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPED OF COVID 19. THE SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE US WITH EARLY WARNING SIGN OF POSSIBLE COVID-19 CASES. INCREASE IN ANY GIVEN COMMUNITY WHERE THAT TESTING IS BEING DONE. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW DECISION MAKERS TO MOVE QUICKLY TO IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO DEAL WITH IT. RESEARCHERS WILL LOOK FOR GENE COPIES OR FRAGMENTS OF NONINFECTIOUS RNA. THIS IS FROM THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19. THESE CAN BE FOUND IN THE WASTE FROM INFECTED PEOPLE, BOTH THOSE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS AND THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS. THEY CAN BE DETECTED IN WASTEWATER AS MANY AS THREE TO SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THOSE INFECTIONS LEAD TO INCREASES IN CASE COUNTS OR HOSPITALIZATIONS IN A COMMUNITY. EACH WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT COVERS A SPECIFIC SERVICE AREA. SO THESE ARE COMMUNITY LEVEL MEASURES THAT CAN BE USED TO DETERMINE IF A LOCAL SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES MIGHT BE IMMINENT OR MAY BE IMMINENT. ALONG WITH ALLOWING COMMUNITIES TO TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS, THE INFORMATION ALSO CAN HELP US ALERT HEALTH CARE PARTNERS ABOUT A POTENTIAL UPTICK IN CASES. MONITOR CASE DATA, AND INTERVENTIONS IN POTENTIAL HOT SPOTS. IT WILL ALSO HELP US TARGET HIGH RISK SETTINGS LIKE UNIVERSITIES, NURSING HOMES OR OTHER CONGREGATE SETTINGS WITH INITIAL CONTACT TRACING. INITIAL SITES WERE LOCATED IN THE STATE’S MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS AND WE’VE BEEN STEADILY ADDING OTHER LOCATIONS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 22 ACTIVE SITES, INCLUDING TOLEDO, AKRON, DAYTON, SANDUSKY, YORK UNDULANS AMONG OTHERS. SITES ARE BEING ADDED IN MEDIUM AND SMALLER COMMUNITIES AND WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY ON OUR DASHBOARD. TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE UPTICKS, WE ARE DEVELOPING A TOOL KIT THAT CAN BE USED TO EXPLAIN SPIKES, WHAT THEY MEAN AND LOCAL RESPONSE EFFORTS THAT ARE NEEDED. THIS ALSO WILL BE POSTED ON CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV IN THE COMING DAYS. NOW, THE PROJECT IS CLOB RATION BETWEEN MANY OF OUR STATE AGENCIES. AND OTHERS, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE OHIO E.P.A., THE U.S.-E.P.A., WATER RESOURCES CENTER AT OHIO STATE, UNIVERSITY AND SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING TOLEDO, KENT STATE AND AKRON. WE TURN TO ANOTHER SUBJECT, IN REGARD TO CHILD CARE. EARLIER THIS WEEK, WE SAW A MILESTONE ACHIEVED IN OUR CHILD CARE SYSTEM IN OHIO. AND WE’RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THIS. AS OF TUESDAY ALL CHILD CARE PROVIDERS IN OHIO, THAT SERVE PUBLICLY FUNDED CHILDREN WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE RATED ON OHIO’S CHILD CARE QUALITY RATING SYSTEM CALLED STEP UP TO QUALITY AND THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. WHEN I CAME TO OFFICE ON JANUARY APPROXIMATELY 2,000 PROVIDERS WERE STEP UP TO QUALITY RATED. NOW, THEY ARE ALL RATED. MORE THAN 4400 PROVIDERS WERE STEP UP TO QUALITY RATED, MEANING IN JUST 20 MONTHS, WE MORE THAN DOUBLED THE NUMBER THAT ARE IN FACT BEING OPER OPERATED — BEING RATED. BY 2025, ALL PROVIDERS MUST BE RATED THREE STARS OR HIGHER ON THE RATING SYSTEM, AND SO OUR GOAL NOW, EVERYBODY IS ON THE DASHBOARD, IS NOW TO GET EVERYBODY UP AND TO INCREASE THE QUALITY. SO I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF, THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND FAMILY SERVICES, OUR COUNTY, JFS, AGENCY, OUR RESOURCE REFERRAL AGENCIES AND OUR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND ALL THE FOLKS WHO WORK THERE FOR DOING A VERY, VERY GOOD JOB, AND THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN SO VERY WELL EVERY DAY. NOW, LET ME TURN TO DRINKING WATER IN OHIO’S STAYING WITH CHILD CARE CENTERS. TALKING ABOUT DRINKING WATER. AND THIS HAS TO DO WITH A PROBLEM THAT WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE AND THAT IS THE LEAD PROBLEM. WE KNOW THERE ARE STILL SOME CHILD CARE FACILITIES IN OUR STATE. PARTICULARLY IN LOWER INCOME AREAS, WHERE IF YOU MOVE — WHERE THEIR DRINKING WATER FLOWS THROUGH LEAD PIPES. ALTHOUGH LEAD AND WATER IS RARELY THE SOLE CAUSE OF LEAD POISONING, MANY TIMES OF COURSE IS COMING FROM THE PAINT. IT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SOMEONE’S TOTAL LEAD EXPOSURE. ESPECIALLY, INFANTS WHO DRINK BABY FORMULA OR CONCENTRATED JUICES MIXED WITH CONTAMINATED WATER. WE LAUNCHED OUR H2 OHIO INITIATIVE LAST YEAR TO TACKLE A NUMBER OF AT IRQUALITY ISSUES IN THE STATE, PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ON WATER QUALITY IN LAKE ERIE, THE ALGAE BLOOM. BUT ALSO, WE’RE WORKING ON LEAD PIPES AND GETTING THEM REPLACED, AND SO WE’RE TARGETING THOSE THAT ARE GOING INTO CHILD CARE FACILITIES. SO WE’RE MAKING THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT. IN CINCINNATI, OFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED NEARLY 200 CHILD CARE FACILITIES WITH LEAD SERVICE LINES OR FIXTURES. FIXTURES. TTODAY I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THA THE OHIO E.P.A. THROUGHETTE H2 OHIO INITIATIVE IS AWARDING GREATER CINCINNATI WATER WORKS, $725,000 TO REMOVE AND REPLACE THOSE. THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS ALSO CONTRIBUTING FUNDING FOR LEAD FIXTURE TESTING, THROUGH A FEDERAL AWARD FROM THE U.S. E.P.A. CINCINNATI HAS BEEN PROACTIVE IN WORKING TO PREVENT LEAD EXPOSURE IN THE CITY. WE’RE EXCITED TO HELP THEM AND CONTRIBUTE TO THESE EFFORTS. NOW LET ME TURN TO PRESIDENT CRAWFORD. PRESIDENT OF FRAN’S ALMA MATER AND MY ALMA MATER, MIAMI UNIVERSITY. THEY HAVE BEEN AGGRESSIVE IN WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND DR. CRAWFORD, IF WE GET YOU UP ON THE SCREEN. ARE YOU WITH US? DR. CRAWFORD IS WITH US. WELL, WE’LL SEE, ERIC IF DR. CRAWFORD IS THERE. IF NOT, WE WILL — >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? GOVERNOR DEWINE: YEP, WE CAN HEAR YOU DOCTOR. NOW WE CAN SEE YOU. SO, DR. CRAWFORD, THANKS FOR JOINING US FROM OXFORD, AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN AGGRESSIVE IF REGARD TO TESTING AND KIND OF TELL US WHERE YOU ARE. YOU HAD KIND OF A DIFFERENT TIMETABLE IN REGARD TO STARTING ON I THINK YOU STARTED ALL ON LINE; IS THAT CORRECT? >> THAT’S CORRECT, SIR: GOVERNOR DEWINE: AND SO JUST WALK US THROUGH WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN REGARD TO THE COVID VIRUS AND HOW YOU PREPARED FOR IT AND WHAT — FRANKLY, WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW AND WHERE YOU ARE. >> SURE. WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOVERNOR DEWINE. IT’S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU TODAY AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND KEEPING OHIOANS SAFE AND HEALTHY. WE’RE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOU DO FOR ALL OF US AND WE ARE SENDING OUR BEST WISHES FROM OXFORD TO OUR FIRST LADY FRAN. BUT LET ME START OFF BY SAYING A FEW THINGS ABOUT OUR GRATITUDE AND WHAT WE’RE DOING IN COLLABORATING WITH CHANCELLOR RANDY GARDENER OF THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER ED AND WHAT THE PRESIDENTS OF OUR STATE INSTITUTIONS THE INNER UNIVERSITY OF OHIO AND ITS PRESIDENT, BRUCE JOHNSON. THROUGH OUR COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS WITH OUR PUBLIC UNIVERSITY COLLEAGUES, A RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN WAS CREATED WITH BROAD THEREIN PUT ACROSS ALL THE UNIVERSITIES, THAT INCLUDED 24 CATEGORIES WITH BASELINE HEALTH PROTOCOLS. THESE PROTOCOLS INCLUDED SOME MOST RECENT SCIENCE INFORMATION AND PRACTICES AND AT MIAMI WE INCORPORATED ALL OF THESE INTO OUR HEALTHY TOGETHER PLAN FOR OUR REOPENING STRATEGY. WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY AND FREQUENTLY WITH JENNY BAYLOR AND HER DEDICATED STAFF AT THE BUTLER COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT, OUR PARTNERS AT TRIHEALTH AND THE CITY OF OXFORD TO IMPLEMENT OUR INSTITUTIONAL PLAN AND HELP PROTECT OUR UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY AND THE RESIDENTS OF NORTHWEST BUTLER COUNTY. WHILE WE BEGAN THIS SEMESTER WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS BEING TAUGHT REMOTELY, OUR FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS ARE NOT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN MOVING IN FROM THE RESIDENCE HALLS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14, AND THEN IN-PERSON CLASSES AND HYBRID CLASSES WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 21. THAT BEING SAID, WE CURRENTLY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS IN THE OXFORD COMMUNITY AND EVEN THOUGH OUR FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS HAVE NOT RETURNED TO CAMPUS YET, WE HAVE SEEN A SPIKE IN COVID CASES AMONG OUR STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS. WE NOW REPORT 704 POSITIVE COVID CASES. AND WE ARE THANKFUL THERE’S NO HOSPITALIZATIONS. BUT IN THE SHORT TIME FRAME, THIS SURGE OF CASES REALLY DEMONSTRATES THE AGGRESSIVE NATURE OF THIS VIRUS. AND IN RESPONSE TO THIS SPIKE, AND WORK TOGETHER WITH ALL OF OUR PARTNERS, WE HAVE INCREASED OUR TESTING STRATEGIES AND HAVE TAKEN OTHER ACTIONS, TESTING BROADLY IS SO IMPORTANT HERE. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR TRIHEALTH HEALTH PROVIDER, WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO TEST NOW OVER 3,000 INDIVIDUALS EACH WEEK THROUGH WIDE NET AND SURVEILLANCE TESTING. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO DIAGNOSTIC TESTING OF PERSONS WHO ARE PRESENTING SYMPTOMS. THESE TWO APPROACHES HELP IDENTIFY ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE POSITIVE OR POTENTIAL CLUSTERS OF POSITIVE CASES. THE WIDE NET STRATEGY ALLOWS US TO TEST INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS, BUT PERHAPS NOT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT THROUGH THE TRACING PROCESSES. AND THE SURVEILLANCE SIDE, TESTING IDENTIFIES A SAMPLE OF INDIVIDUALS FOR TESTING, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC OR IDENTIFIED AS HAVING CLOSE CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL. SO WE ARE ALSO INVESTING IN THE TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN PROVIDE TEST RESULTS WITHIN 15 TO 20 MINUTES, AND ONCE OPERATIONAL, IT WILL FURTHER ENHANCE AND ADVANCE OUR TESTING STRATEGIES HERE IN OXFORD. AND IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THIS TESTING THAT WE’RE DOING, WE ARE ALSO AGGRESSIVELY APPLYING OTHER STRATEGIES TO FLATTEN THE CURVE AND REVERSE OUR TREND. FIRST, WE ARE GRATEFUL THE BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT FOR AGGREGATING ALL OF OUR TESTS FROM ALL TESTING SITES SO NOT JUST OUR HEALTH CARE PARTNERS, BUT ALSO TO HAVE A MORE COMPLETE COUNT OF POSITIVE CASES ACROSS ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. SECOND, BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT HAS ALSO HIRED MANY MORE CONTACT TRACERS. MIAMI PROVIDED 80 OF THOSE, 15 MORE CAME FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND MORE ARE BEING TRAINED. AND CONTACT TRACERS REALLY ENABLE US TO MORE QUICKLY QUARANTINE AND ISOLATE STUDENTS TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. THEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ADVICE OF THE BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH COMMISSIONER, WE ARE EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING HOME THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. AND AS YOU ARE POINTING IT OUT, GOVERNOR, HUNKERING DOWN THIS WEEKEND WILL GREATLY MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING FACE COVERINGS, MAINTAINING PHYSICAL DISTANCING, PRACTICING GOOD HAND HYGIENE AND LIMITING GATHERINGS TO 10 OR FEWER PEOPLE AND OUR CITY OF OXFORD HAS PASSED AGGRESSIVE ORDINANCES AROUND MASK WEARING AND GATHERING SIZE. IN THE CITY OF OXFORD, HAS LAUNCHED A GREAT VIDEO, INCLUDE MIAMIANS ON THEIR HEALTHY CAMPAIGN. ENGAGING ALL OF THESE STRATEGIES CONSISTENTLY, WE CAN HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, AND TURN OVER OUR CURRENT AND VERY CONCERNING UPWARD TREND AND OUR GREATEST CONCERN IS THE HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE ALL HEALTHY TOGETHER. I WANT TO THANK YOU, GREAT PLAY BY RYAN, FOR THIS — GOVERNOR, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS UPDATE WITH THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO, THANK YOU. GOVERNOR DEWINE: DR. CRAWFORD, YOU KNOW, FRAN AND I HAVE A GRANDSON, WHO IS FIRST YEAR, AND GRANDDAUGHTER WHO IS SECOND YEAR AND I’M SURE THEY WOULD WANT ME TO ASK YOU THE QUESTION, WHAT’S IT LOOKING LIKE FOR MOVING IN? >> SO, OUR MOVE-IN DATE IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 14th, AND THEN IN-CLASSES WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 21, AND SO WE NOTIFIED THE COMMUNITY YESTERDAY, WE’RE GOING TO WATCH THOSE METRICS CAREFULLY, OVER THE LABOR DARE WEEKEND AND THEN WE’LL ACTUALLY LET EVERYBODY KNOW AND THE MIAMI COMMUNITY KNOW NO LATER THAN NEXT WEDNESDAY ON HOW WE’RE DOING, WHERE WE SIT AND HOW WE’RE MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER. >> I’M LOOKING AT A RELEASE FROM BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. ONE OF THE THINGS I KIND OF UNDERLINED HERE, URGING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE, AVOID PARTIES, LARGE GATHERINGS, NOTING THAT THE STATE OF OHIO SAW AN INCREASE IN CASES FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND. AND TALKS ABOUT STAYING PUT. WHICH I GUESS IS YOUR MESSAGE AND I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN COMMUNICATING A LOT TO — DIRECTLY TO YOUR STUDENTS. KIND OF A TWO-PART QUESTION. ONE, WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE SPREAD ON CAMPUS TO OR OFF CAMPUS, IT’S IN OXFORD AT LEAST, AND WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO MIAMI STUDENTS? >> YEAH, SO EARLY ON WHEN STUDENTS STARTED MOVING BACK TO OXFORD, EVEN THOUGH WE STARTED ON-LINE AND REMOTE, UPPER CLASSMEN MOVED BACK AND THOSE EARLY WEEKENDS IN AUGUST, WE SAW AN UPTICK IN PARTIES AND GATHERINGS AND SO, I THINK THAT’S THE RESPONSIBLE — THAT’S WHAT’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SURGE TODAY. AND SO OUR MESSAGE TO STUDENTS IS, WE PUT A LOT OF PROTOCOLS IN PLACE, TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE AND HEALTHY, AND NOW AS INDIVIDUALS, IN ORDER FOR, YOU KNOW, EACH OF US TO BE HEALTHY, ALL OF US HAVE TO BE HEALTHY AND SO TAKE THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO WEARING YOUR MASK, DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND JUST BE VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE, AND TO BE SAFE AND TO BE HEALTHY AND TO KNOW THAT IN ORDER FOR US TO GET BACK TO CAMPUS, AND TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SEMESTER, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL THE PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES THAT HAVE BEEN SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF OHIO, AND ALSO THE C.D.C. GOVERNOR DEWINE: DR., THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WISH YOU AND ALL YOU WERE TEAM AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY AND THE STUDENTS WELL. HOPE YOU A GREAT YEAR. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOVERNOR DEWINE: THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT. TODAY, WE’RE ISSUING COVID-19 ORDER IN REGARD TO K-12 SCHOOLS. WE HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT WE’L BE ISSUING AN ORDER, REALLY IS ENCOURAGING THREE THINGS. ONE, FOR PARENTS TO NOTIFY A SCHOOL IF THEIR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. TWO, OUR ORDER WILL ENCOURAGE A SCHOOL TO NOTIFY PARENTS IF THERE IS A POSITIVE CASE IN THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDINGS, AND FINALLY, THE ORDER WILL MAKE THE INFORMATION ABOUT CASES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON OUR CORONAVIRUS WEB SITE. SO WE’RE TODAY, WE’LL BE PUTTING THAT ON THE WEB SITE. IT WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 8. AND LET ME JUST SAY BEFORE I KIND OF READ THROUGH HERE, MOST SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY DOING THIS. AS I TALKED TO SUPERINTENDENTS, WE RECEIVED EMAILS FROM THEM AND BY THE WAY, THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO SENT ME EMAILS AND KEPT ME UP-TO-DATE ON WHAT’S GOING ON AND CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE BEEN DOING, AND I WANT TO THANK YOUR TEAM. ALL THE SUPERINTENDENTS AND ALL YOU WERE TEAMS, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING. BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8, THE ORDER THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 8, PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF SCHOOL STAFF SHOULD NOTIFY THEIR SCHOOL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RECEIVING A POSITIVE TEST OR A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS. OBVIOUSLY, THE FASTER THE BETTER, BUT CERTAINLY, NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS. WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER RECEIVING THE NOTIFICATION, THE SCHOOL SHOULD NOTIFY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS ABOUT THAT CASE IN WRITE, PROVIDING AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT RELEASING PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION. THERE WILL BE TEMPLATES AVAILABLE ON THE CORONAVIRUS WEB SITE. SCHOOL MUST ALSO NOTIFY THEIR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT. BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15th, LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS WILL REPORT THE NUMBER OF NEWLY REPORTED AND CUMULATIVE CASES TO THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EVERY TUESDAY. THERE WILL BE A TEMPLATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS WEB SITE FOR THIS REPORTING AS WELL. THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL PUBLISH THIS DATA BY SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT. INCLUDING A BREAKDOWN BY STUDENTS AND STAFF EVERY THURSDAY. IN ADDITION, A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR SCHOOL WILL IDENTIFY FOR THEIR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT A COVID-19 COORDINATOR TO FACILITATE THE REPORTING OF CASE INFORMATION AND UPON REQUEST, SCHOOLS OR BUILDINGS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT A COPY OF THEIR PANDEMIC PLAN. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ALWAYS THIS BALANCE BETWEEN RIGHT TO KNOW AND PRIVACY. WE DO NOT INTEND FOR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED IN OUR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO OHIOANS. BUT THAT INFORMATION IS RELEASING AS MUCH AS WE CAN IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND I WANT TO SAY THIS AGAIN, JUST BECAUSE A SCHOOL MAY HAVE POSITIVE CASES, AMONG THEIR STUDENTS OR THEIR STAFF, DOES NOT MEAN THE SCHOOL DID ANYTHING WRONG. IN FACT, THAT THERE ARE CASES, THEY ARE REPORTING AND THEY’RE DOING WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING. THEN THEY HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD WITHIN THEIR BUILDINGS. BUT SCHOOLS CANNOT CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS OUT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AS FAR AS THE SPREAD WILL BE REFLECTED IN THAT SCH SCHOOL. LET ME GO NOW TO THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, JOHN. LT. GOVERNOR HUSTED: THANKS, GOVERNOR. TODAY, A LITTLE ECONOMIC NEWS AND THEN A THANK YOU. I THINK MANY PEOPLE SAW THAT OHIO WAS RANKED NUMBER TWO IN THE 2020 — I GUESS I’LL HOLD IT UP HERE, RANKED NUMBER TWO IN THE 2020 AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING ATTRACTIVENESS RATING I SHOULD SAY. WE GOT HIGH SCORES FOR OUR TAC POLICY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT ANOTHER PIECE OF GOOD NEWS THAT ALSO IS IN COORDINATION TO THIS. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DESIGNATED OHIO ONE OF SIX STATES AS A DEFENSE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY. THAT’S A DESIGNATION THAT SUPPORTS LONG-TERM COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS IN STRENGTHENING NATIONAL SECURITY INNOVATION AND EXPANDING CAPABILITIES OF DEFENSE MANUFACTURING. REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR ECONOMY, BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW MUCH OF OUR ECONOMY RELIARS ON AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE, AND MANUFACTURING, ALL OF THESE FIT TOGETHER. THIS REALLY IS A SIGNAL TO INNOVATORS, CONTRACTORS, BUSINESSES, THAT OHIO AS IT’S SEEN THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IS A GREAT PLACE TO INVEST. AND THIS PUTS US IN A POSITION TO SECURE MORE FEDERAL DOLLARS, WHICH THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICE AGENCY WILL ATTEMPT TO SEEK GRANTS FOR, TO HELP MANUFACTURERS INVEST IN MODERNIZING THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND ALSO UPSCALING THEIR WORKFORCE, SO THIS IS ANOTHER NICE WIN FOR US, AS A STATE, TO SHOW THAT WE HAVE OUR AEROSPACE, OUR MANUFACTURING AND OUR ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING THAT IN LINE AND PRIMED TO CONTINUE TO BE A DRIVER OF OUR ECONOMIC — OF OUR ECONOMIC AND OUR — OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND THE ECONOMY OF THE STATE. AND THEN, ADDITIONALLY, I WANT TO SHARE A THANK YOU, AS EVERYONE WILL RECALL, DURING THE BEGINNING STAGES OF THE VIRUS, AND THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE FACED, WE HAD A REAL CHALLENGE AT THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES ON PROCESSING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS. AND WE NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO THANK SOME OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND-THE-SCENES WHO STEPPED FORWARD AND PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE, I WANT TO THANK THEM, BECAUSE THEY SENT US A BUNCH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES FREE OF CHARGE. 100 OF THEM TO STEP UP AND BE PART OF THE EARLY RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC TO HELP US PUT FOLKS IN THE CALL CENTER, TO PROCESS CALLS, AND HELP PEOPLE NAVIGATE THAT SYSTEM, AND PROGRESSIVE DID THAT FOR US FREE OF CHARGE, TO TRY TO PITCH IN DURING A DIFFICULT TIME, AND WE WANT TO THANK THEM, WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THAT. AND THEN ALSO, GOVERNOR, SOMETHING I KNOW YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT I’LL SAY THAT THE — THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, THEY HAVE BEEN A GREAT PARTNER NO US AS WE’VE REOPENED SPORTS FOR COMPETITION IN THE STATE OF OHIO, AND THEY HAVE HAD — I WANT TO REASSURE FOLKS, THEY HAVE HAD OBSERVERS OUT THERE AT GAMES AND COMPETITIONS TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FOR THE FANS AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THAT EFFORT AS THEY HELPED SCHOOLS NAVIGATE THIS PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE FOLLOWING THE RULES, THEY HAD GREAT COMPLIANCE IN WEEK ONE, A LOT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING STILL CAN GO ON THERE, PARTICULARLY AMONG EXCITED STUDENT ATHLETE, WHO MAY WANT TO CONGREGATE AND GET TOGETHER, BUT THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IS OUT THERE, THEY’RE HELPING OUR SCHOOLS COMPLY, AND TRYING TO CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR SPORTS AND COMPETITION, SO WITH THOSE THREE UPDATES, GOVERNOR, I JUST WILL TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU. GOVERNOR DEWINE: ALL RIGHT, JOHN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANOTHER ITEM BEFORE WE GO TO QUESTIONS, DR. SOPHIA TOLLIVER IS A CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FAMILY MEDICINE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, WECHSLER MEDICAL CENTER. SHE TREATS FAMILIES AT OHIO STATE EAST, SHE’S HAD A HEART FOR SERVICE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH. SHE’S A PROUD GRADUATE OF THE MEDICAL PROGRAM AT OSU WHERE SHE ALSO DID HER RESIDENCY. SHE IS A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR THE HEALTH OF HER PATIENTS AND ALL OHIOANS, WHICH IS WHY WE ASK HER TO HELP US WITH SOME PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND HERE IS ONE OF THEM. >> HI. AS A FAMILY DOCTOR, I KNOW THE HEALTH THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS IS VERY REAL. AND I ALSO KNOW THAT ONE OF THE BEST PREVENTIVE MEASURES YOU AND I CAN TAKE AGAINST IT IS TO WEAR A MASK. A MASK PROTECTS YOU WHEN YOU WEAR IT AND IT PROTECTS OTHERS AS WELL. ALONG WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FREQUENT HAND WASHING, WEARING A MASK CAN HELP STOP THE SPREAD. IT’S REALLY PRETTY SIMPLE. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. GOVERNOR DEWINE: LET ME JUST DO ONE MORE ANNOUNCEMENT, THEN WE WILL GO TO QUESTIONS. IN EARLY AUGUST, I ANNOUNCED THAT OHIO RECEIVED A DONATION FROM FEMA, MORE THAN TWO MILLION MASKS THAT WE DELIVERED TO STATE EDUCATION SERVICE CENTERS THAT WE DISTRIBUTE TO STUDENTS AND TEACHESSERS IN K-12. SINCE THEN, WE RECEIVED WORD OF MORE DONATIONS. TODAY, WE’RE ANNOUNCING THAT FEMA WILL DONATE AN ADDITIONAL NINE MILLION MASKS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE WILL BE DISTRIBUTING FOUR AND TEACHERS AT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING PUBLIC, PRIVATE, CHARTER, PAROCHIAL AND CAREER CENTERS. IN ADDITION, 144,000 MASKS WILL GO TO THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES. TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO DAY CARE CENTERS. AN ADDITIONAL TWO MILLION MASKS WILL GO TO PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS. FINALLY, WE’RE DESIGNATING ONE MILLION MASKS TO HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE STATE OF OHIO. REMAINING MASKS WILL BE STORED UNTIL THEY ARE NEEDED. I WANT TO THANK FEMA FOR THAT DONATION. AND THE OHIO EMA, THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION, JOSH AND FAMILY SERVICES AND HIGHER EDUCATION THAT WILL HELP WITH THAT DISTRIBUTION. WE’LL NOW GO TO QUESTIONS. >> GOVERNOR, YOUR FIRST QUESTION OF THE DAY IS FROM LAURA HANCOCK AT CLEVELAND.COM. >> HEY, GOVERNOR DEWINE. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE VACCINE, YOU’VE SAID AT EVERY JUNCTURE THAT YOUR CHIEF CONCERN AND YOUR DECISION-MAKING IS THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF OHIO. SO GIVEN EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS, WOULD YOU OR YOUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISE PEOPLE, TAKE A VACCINE, THAT’S NOT BEEN FULLY TESTED, IN ACCORDANCE TO GENERALLY ACCEPTED PROTOCOLS? GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, THIS IS NOT OUT YET. WE DO NOT HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION. I HAVE THE SAME INFORMATION REALLY THAT MOST OHIOANS DO ABOUT THIS. SO WE’RE WAITING AND, YOU KNOW, FRANKLY, WHAT WE NEED TO DO, WHAT OHIOANS NEED TO DO, IS LISTEN TO MEDICAL EXPERTS WHEN THIS VACCINE COMES OUT. YOU KNOW, I AM SURE THAT THEY WILL NOT BRING THIS VACCINE OUT AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS ENOUGH TESTING HAS BEEN DONE. BUT EVERY OHIOAN WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE NEWS, AND SEE AS THIS PROGRESSES, OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. LOOK, WE’RE ALL IN A HURRY TO GET A VACCINE BUT WE ALL ALSO WANT IT TO BE RIGHT. AND SO OHIOANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE NEWS, THEY’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS, THEY’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO WHAT MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY AS THIS VACCINE COMES ON THE MARKET. SO WE IN OHIO ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN DO, AND WHAT WE CAN DO IS GET READY FOR WHENEVER THAT DAY IS. IT CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH, BUT WE OBVIOUSLY WANT IT DONE RIGHT, BUT WHENEVER THAT DAY COMES, WE WILL BE READY, SO WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED WORKING, PULLING PEOPLE TOGETHER, FIGURING OUT HOW WE WOULD DISTRIBUTE IT, AND LOOKING AT PRIORITIES OF HOW IT SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED, SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE, YOU KNOW, IMAGINE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE US GUIDANE ON, BUT WE ALSO ARE LOOKING AT THE SAME THING OURSELVES, SO WE’RE GETTING READY, DOING WHAT WE CAN DO, WE’RE READY TO GO. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JACK WINDSOR AT WMFD IN MANSFIELD. >> HAIFA, JACK. — HEY, JACK. >> HI GOVERNOR. THE ORDER RELEASED ON AUGUST 31, SIGNED BY LANCE HYMES IS A SECOND AMENDED ORDER FOR NON-CONGREGANT SHELTERING. THE ORDER STATES KNEE MA SHELTERING SHALL BE USED FOR THOSE THROUGHOUT THE STATE WHO ARE UNABLE TO SAFELY QUARANTINE. GOVERNOR, WHO DECIDES WHETHER A RESIDENT IS SAFE FOR SELF-QUARANTINE, WHAT ARE THE DETERMINANTS, DOES THIS APPLY TO THE ENTIRE OHIO POPULATION, AND WHAT AUTHORITY DO YOU HAVE TO REMOVE PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES? GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, I THINK PRIMARILY, JACK, THAT’S GOING TO BE DETERMINED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO THINK THEY’RE NOT SAFE AT HOME. YOU KNOW, I’LL GET MORE INFORMATION ON THAT AND I’LL REPORT BACK. BUT THAT WOULD BE MY TAKE ON IT. >> NEXT QUESTION, IS FROM KEVIN LANDERS AT WBMS IN COLUMBUS. >> GOVERNOR DEWINE: HEY, KEVIN. >> I THINK WE MIGHT BE HAVING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES CAN KEVIN. SO WE WILL MOVE ON. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. GOVERNOR, HOW MUCH SHOULD KIND OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SPREAD THAT WE’RE SEEING CONCERN OTHERS IN THE REST OF THE CITY OR THE COUNTY, SURROUNDING CAMPUS, SHOULD OUTBREAKS THAT YOU SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, AFFECT WHETHER CINCINNATI KIDS GO TO SCHOOL? GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, I THINK IT CERTAINLY IS ALWAYS CONCERNING WHEN YOU SEE SPREAD IN ANY COMMUNITY. YOU KNOW, THERE IS SOME INTERPLAY OBVIOUSLY, BETWEEN UC STUDENTS AND CINCINNATI RESIDENTS. THERE’S SOME INTERPLAY BETWEEN OXFORD RESIDENTS AND MIAMI AND UNIVERSITY OF DAY TORN AND DAY BE TO, — DAYTON AND DAYTON OR ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY, SO SURE, IT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE CONCERNING. YOU KNOW, I THINK, IF I WAS A RESIDENT, MY CONCERN WOULD BE FOCUSED ON IS THE UNIVERSITY ON THIS, ARE THEY ON TOP OF IT, ARE THEY DOING THE TESTING, ARE THEY DOING THE QUARANTINING, OR ARE THEY DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO? BUT SURE, IT CERTAINLY IS CONCERNING, AND SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT CONCERNIN >> WE’RE STILL HAVING ISSUES WITH KEVIN, SO WE’LL GO TO JIM AT WHIO IN DAYTON. >> GOVERNOR, I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE VACCINE QUESTION. DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR MIND’S EYE A SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTION OF THESE VACCINES? WHO DECIDES WHERE THEY GO, WHEN THEY GO, WHAT IS THE ARE ORDER OF PRYOR AT THISSIZATION OF THIS, WHERE DO YOU — PRIORITIZATION OF THIS, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE SETTING WILL BE, THROUGH THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS OR WILL IT BE MORE GENERAL, IN OTHER WORDS, URGENT CARES, VIRUS STATIONS, LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS SETTING UP THEIR OWN SYSTEMS? HOW MIGHT THIS WORK? GOVERNOR DEWINE: JIM, PROBABLY ALL OF THE ABOVE. I MEAN, YOU’VE OUTLINED THE LOGICAL PLACES FOR IT TO GO, BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY ANNOUNCEMENT ON IT YET. THE TEAM IS WORKING ON THAT, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHERE THAT SHOULD BE. AND AGAIN, WE’RE SURE WE’RE GOING TO GET GUIDANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THAT, BUT WE DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR THAT. WE WANT TO MOVE AHEAD AND HAVE OUR PLAN, YOU KNOW, IN PLACE. AS FAR AS PRIORITIES, AGAIN, WE’RE GOING TO SEE WHAT THE GUIDANCE COMES DOWN FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT YOU KNOW, WE’RE LOOKING AT SETTING THE PRIORITIES, WE’RE GOING TO RELY ON DOCTORS AND HEALTH EXPERTS, BUT YOU KNOW, TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULD ASSUME ARE GOING TO BE EARLY ON, OR THOSE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK WHICH WOULD BE OLDER PEOPLE, PEOPLE CERTAINLY IN NURSING HOMES, BUT WE ALSO WOULD NOT WANT TO FORGET OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE OUT THERE EVERY DAY AND PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE FRONT LINE. SO THOSE WILL BE TWO KIND OF BIG GROUPS THAT I THINK WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT AS LIKELY TO START THIS OFF WITH. BUT AGAIN, WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO ANNOUNCE YET. WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THIS IS COMING, BUT OUR JOB IS TO GET READY AND TO TRY TO COME UP WITH WHAT WE THINK ARE THE BEST PRACTICES. OUR GOAL IS GOING TO BE TWOFOLD — SAVING LIVES AND CUTTING OFF THE SPREAD. AND YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE TWO MAIN GOALS, I THINK YOU WOULD HAVE, IN ANY KIND OF DETERMINATION ABOUT WHERE A VACCINE WOULD GO. >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM ANDREW WALSH HUGGINN STAFF DEVICES SEASSOCIATED PRESS. >> HI — AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. >> HI GOVERNOR. WE SAW TODAY INITIAL CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, ARE WELL FAR BELOW THE RECORD HIGHS BACK IN APRIL THAT STAGNATED AT ABOUT 19,000 A WEEK. CONTINUING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS, OR SLOWLY INCHING DOWN, BUT THEY’RE STILL AT HIGHER LEVELS THAN THE GREAT RECESSION. SO SIX MONTHS INTO THE PANDEMIC, AND AFTER SEVERAL FEDERAL STIMULUS INFUSIONS, WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE NEED FOR EVEN MORE FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS TO HELP BOLSTER OHIO’S ECONOMY AND ASSIST OUR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS, AND WHAT CONVERSATIONS, IF ANY, HAVE YOU HAD WITH THE STATE’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, YOU KNOW, IN TERMS OF PASSING ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RELIEF? GOVERNOR DEWINE: YEAH, WE STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE A WASHINGTON OFFICE, BUT I ALSO DO THIS BY PHONE, TALKING TO THE TWO SENATORS, TALKING TO THE REPRESENTATIVES. YOU KNOW, THEY EMAIL ME WITH IDEAS AND THOUGHTS AS WELL, BUT YES, WE NEED AN ADDITIONAL BILL. I KNOW THAT’S GOING TO GET WORKED OUT. I’M STILL OPTIMISTIC THAT THIS GETS WORKED OUT, BUT YES, WE CERTAINLY DO. LOOK, WE’VE COME BACK, WE HAVE NOT COME BACK AS MUCH OBVIOUSLY AS WE WANT TO. WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD. AGAIN, THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE VIRUS DOWN. WE’RE NOT GOING TO — WE DON’T HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO PUT IT OUT, PUT THAT FIRE OUT, BUT IF WE CAN KEEP IT TAMPED DOWN, THAT MEANS THAT, YOU KNOW, OUR BUSINESSES CAN COME BACK. SO JOHN, IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT, YOU’VE BEEN MONITORING, I KNOW, THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS AS WE ALL HAVE, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT OR NOT. LT. GOVERNOR HUSTED: YEAH, THANKS, GOVERNOR. JUST A REMINDER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID SIGN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT MADE AVAILABLE $300 PER EMPLOYEE THAT WE WILL — THAT WE HAVE FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR THROUGH FEMA. AND THAT THAT WILL GO OUT TO OHIOANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE IN THE COMING WEEKS IT WILL BE RETROACTIVE TO THE DATE THAT THEY WERE ELIGIBLE, SO THAT WILL SERVE AS BOTH SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED AND HAVE A ESTIMATE PLUS EFFECT TO SOME EXTENT. BUT AS THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE BIGGER ISSUES, SMALL BUSINESS, I MEAN, WE KNOW OUR — A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES LIKE RESTAURANTS AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT ARE STRUGGLING, THAT ANOTHER ROUND OF PPE FUNDING IS SOMETHING THAT THEY THINK THAT THEY NEED, WE KNOW THAT SOME FUNDING FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT, WITH LOCAL BUDGETS THAT ARE BEING STRAINED, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER AND WE HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED AND WE KNOW OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IS ENGAGED, MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE DOING THIS HAND I MIGHT MENTION THAT THE LEGISLATURE YESTERDAY TOOK ACTION ON PASSING ANOTHER ROUND OF C.A.R.E.S. ACT DOLLARS WILL BE RELEASED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, SO WE’RE WORKING ON THOSE THINGS FROM OUR SIDE PANNED WHAT WE CAN DO, BUT WE DO NEED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE US A THOUGHTFUL PROPOSAL THAT WE CAN REALLY TARGET THE THINGS WHERE WE NEED IT THE MOST. >> >> THANK YOU. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JIM PROVINCE AT THE TOLEDO BLADE. >> GOVERNOR, THANKS AGAIN FOR DOING THIS. LAWMAKERS THIS WEEK SENT YOU HOUSE BILL 272, THAT WOULD RESTRICT YOU AND ANY PUBLIC OFFICIAL, INCLUDING YOUR HEALTH DIRECTOR, FROM INTERFERING WITH THE DATE OF AN ELECTION OR TO ORDER PLACES OF WORSHIP CLOSED DUE TO A PANDEMIC. YOU RECENTLY VETOED ANOTHER BILL THAT WOULD HAVE UNDERMINED HEALTH ORDERS ISSUED DURING A PANDEMIC. WILL THIS BILL MEET THAT STAPLE FATE? GOVERNOR DEWINE: YOU KNOW, I’VE NOT LOOKED AT THE LANGUAGE. I’M GOING TO LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE, BUT I THINK THE MOW IMPORTANT THING TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OHIO IS, ONE, WE HAVE NEVER CLOSED OUR CHURCHES. WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF CLOSING OUR CHURCHES. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE THINK IS SACRED, AND SO, NEVER HAD A THOUGHT ABOUT CLOSING OUR CHURCHES. THE ONLY THING WE’VE REALLY DONE AND RESTRICT IN REGARD TO CHURCHES IS BECAUSE WE’VE SEEN OUTBREAKS COME OUT OF CHURCHES, IS ASK EVERYONE TO WEAR A MASK WHEN THEY GO INTO CHURCH. SO YOU KNOW, WE NEVER DONE THAT. AS FAR AS THE ELECTION, THIS IS A FEDERAL ELECTION. WE ARE NOT — I DON’T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INTERFERE WITH IT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO INTERFERE WITH IT. THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION ON ELECTION DAY AND WE JUST URGE EVERYONE TO, YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO VOTE IN PERSON AND YOU WANT TO VOTE ABSENTEE, NOW IS THE TIME, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND ASK FOR THE APPLICATION AND THEN FILL OUT THAT APPLICATION AND YOU KNOW, THEY’LL SEND IT IN TO YOU AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. WE JUST URGE ANYBODY WHO IS DOING IT THAT WAY, DO IT EARLY, AND IT WILL WORK WELL. SO WHATEVER I DO ON THIS BILL, I’VE GOT TO LOOK AT, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO IMPACT IN ANY WAY WHAT I DO IN REGARD TO THIS ELECTION OR WHAT I DO IN REGARD TO CHURCHES. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JOE ENGELS AT OHIO PUBLIC RADIO AND TELEVISION. >> HELLO GOVERNOR, HOW ARE YOU TODAY? GOVERNOR DEWINE: I’M GOOD, THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION. THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE KIND OF FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. WE’RE HEARING FROM PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GET UNEMPLOYMENT AND THEY’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MONTHS FOR IT. WE’RE HEARING FROM SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR MONTHS. OR THEY’VE BEEN RESTRICTED SO MUCH THAT THEY’RE AFRAID THAT THEY’RE GOING TO GO OUT OF BILLS. — OUT OF BUSINESS. IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. WHAT CAN YOU DO AND WHAT SHOULD THE STATE DO TO TRY TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE MOVE ALONG, BECAUSE IF THEY ARE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY, AND THEY CAN’T, YOU KNOW, BE ABLE TO EXIST, THAT’S A PROBLEM. >> WELL, JOE, WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE, AS YOU POINT OUT SO WELL, WHO ARE HURTING. WHO ARE HURTING VERY VERY MUCH, EITHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BUSINESS AND THEIR BUSINESS IS DOWN, OR THEY’VE CLOSED IT, THEY CAN’T OPEN IT BACK UP. OR THEY OPENED IT, BUT THEIR BUSINESS IS, YOU KNOW, A FRACTION OF MAYBE WHAT IT WAS BEFORE. YOU KNOW, FOR SOME PEOPLE, THE $300 THAT JOHN JUST TALKED ABOUT, WILL BE HELPFUL. WE KNOW IT’S NOT HELPFUL TO EVERYONE BUT WE WANT TO GET THAT OUT JUST AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. SO WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO, YOU KNOW, DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN FROM KIND OF THE MACRO POINT OF VIEW, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE DO TO KEEP THIS VIRUS DOWN IS GOING TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO COME BACK UP, AND BUSINESS TO COME UP. IF THAT FLARES UP, IF WE HAD A SITUATION LIKE WE SAW IN FLORIDA, A SITUATION LIKE WE’VE SEEN IN MISSISSIPPI RECENTLY OR EARLIER IN NEW YORK, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING JUST SHUTS DOWN. DOESN’T MATTER WHERE — WHETHER THE GOVERNOR ORDERS SOMETHING OR DOESN’T, BUT WHEN PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO GO OUT, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO TO A STORE, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BUY, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO TO A RESTAURANT, SO IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO KEEP THAT FIRE DOWN, SO THAT BUSINESS HAS A CHANCE TO GROW. AND — BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE STILL, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING, AND WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, OUT WHERE THEY SHOULD BE OR WHERE WE WANT THEM TO BE. JOHN, DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT? LT. GOVERNOR HUSTED: THE ONLY THING THAT I WOULD ADD TO THAT, GOVERNOR, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THROUGH OHIO MEANS JOBS AND OUR LOCAL PARTNERS, WE’RE WORKING TO HELP PEOPLE NAVIGATE WHO MAY BE HAVE LOST A JOB TO FIND ONE OF THE, I BELIEVE THERE’S OVER 180,000 JOBS NOW POSTED ON OHIO MEANS JOBS, MOST OF THOSE PAY $50,000 A YEAR OR MORE, AND SO WE’RE REALLY WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO MAYBE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED IN ONE PARTICULAR INDUSTRY, FIND A JOB IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE SUPPORT SERVICES AND THE JOB TRAINING TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN GET ACCESS, BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S HAPPENED DURING THE PANDEMIC IS IT’S SHIFTED THE NATURE OF WORK IN SOME CASES, WHERE ANYBODY, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT’S IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, THAT INDUSTRY HAS BEEN HIT VERY HARD, WHILE THERE ARE OTHERS THAT, AND FOR EXAMPLE, IN LOGISTICS, IN A LOT OF CONSUMER SERVICES, THEY’RE HIRING. AND SO WE NEED TO HELP, YOU KNOW, HELP FOLKS NAVIGATE THAT SHIFT, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT OHIO MEANS JOBS, AND WE’RE GOING TO BE MAKING SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS SOON THAT WE’LL TALK ABOUT EVEN MORE ENHANCED EFFORTS THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE TO TRY TO HELP THEM GET AHEAD IN THIS ECONOMY. GOVERNOR DEWINE: THANKS, JOE. >> KEVIN LANDERS SUBMITTED HIS QUESTION IN WRITING DUE TO HIS MICROPHONE ISSUE. KEVIN WRITES, PCR TESTS ARE CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD, BUT THE “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTS HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO MAY BE CARRYING SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF VIRUS, MEANING MOST ARE CONSIDERED TO BE NOT CONTAGIOUS BUT ARE TESTING POSITIVE. ARE THOSE PEOPLE BEING ADDED TO THE STATE’S POSITIVE CASES? IF SO, WHY, AND ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THAT STATISTIC MAY BE PAINTING AN INACCURATE PICTURE IN THE STATE OF OHIO? GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S PAINTING AN INACCURATE PICTURE, BUT YOU KNOW, WE CONTINUE TO EVOLVE IN REGARD TO TESTING. YOU KNOW, WE NEVER HAD ENOUGH TESTING. WE FOUGHT FOR MORE TEST, WE’VE DOUBLED IT, WE’VE TRIPLED IT, BUT WE’RE STILL NOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE, BUT WHAT — AS WE LEARN MORE AND COMPANIES DEVELOP TESTS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE SEEING IS EXACTLY WHAT KEVIN SAID, AND SOME ARTICLES ARE POINTED OUT AND SOME OF THE DOCTORS THAT I’VE TALKED TO IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, THAT YOU KNOW, A PCR TEST IS THE GOLD STANDARD. BUT IT’S SO GOOD THAT SOMETIMES IT IS PICKING UP YOU KNOW, A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE VIRUS LOAD AND LONG AFTER THAT PERSON IS CONTAGIOUS. SO WHAT YOU’RE SEEING. COMING ON THE MARKET IS QUICKER TESTS, AND YOU’RE SEEING. COMING ON — TESTS, THAT IF YOU ARE TESTING MORE FREQUENTLY, YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB AT HITTING WHEN THAT PERSON IS CONTAGIOUS. THAT’S THE ULTIMATE GOAL HERE IS TO FIGURE OUT WHEN THAT PERSON IS CONTAGIOUS AND SOME OF THESE ARTICLES HAVE POINTED OUT, I’VE ASKED MY TEAM TO EXAMINE THIS, AND GETS ME A REPORT, BUT SOME OF THE TESTS HAVE THE ABILITY, ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES THEY’RE NOT REPORTED THIS WAY, BUT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO TELL THE VIRUS LOAD. AND SO, TIME AND STATION WE REFINE THIS, — AND SO, AS WE REFINE THIS, USING THOSE TESTS, WHICH WILL TELL YOU WHERE THAT VIRUS LOAD IS, AND THEN BEING ABLE TO SEE IF IT IS WITHIN THE RANGE OF WHERE THE EXPERTS SAY THAT PERSON IS CONTAGIOUS, IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO HAVE FEWER PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BE QUARANTINED AND YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO BE QUARANTINED AND ULTIMATELY, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN FACT, CONTAGIOUS, AND ONLY COVER THAT PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THEY’RE CONTAGIOUS. NOW, THAT’S ASPIRATIONAL, THAT’S WHERE WE ARE WANT TO BE, WE’RE NOT THERE YET TODAY. BUT THE QUESTION IS SPOT ON, AND WE ARE — WE ARE EVOLVING, THE EXPERTS ARE EVOLVING, FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IS EVOLVING IN WHAT THEY ARE PRODUCING, BUT BEING ABLE TO FIND OUT EXACTLY THAT VIRUS LOAD, AND THEN MAKE YOUR DETERMINATION BASED ON THAT IS GOING TO GIVE US A MORE ACCURATE ABILITY TO GET THE RESULTS WE WANT. THE RESULTS WE WANT ARE SEPARATING THAT PERSON DURING THE TIME THAT THEY ARE CONTAGIOUS. DOESN’T MEAN THE PCR TESTS ARE NOT ACCURATE. THEY’RE HIGHLY ACCURATE. BUT SOMETIMES, THEY’RE NOT GIVING — THEY’RE SHOWING SOMEONE THAT STILL HAS A VIRUS OR HAS CELLS, BUT IS NOT, MAYBE STILL CONTAGIOUS. SO — GOOD QUESTION AND WE’RE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JEFF REDDICK AT WSYX IN COLUMBUS. >> HI, GOVERNOR. WONDERING ABOUT THE DATA FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY TODAY ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY ALERT SYSTEM. WE’VE REMAINED IN THE ORANGE EVEN THOUGH CASES PER 100,000 HAVE JUMPED WAY UP ABOVE 100. WE’RE NOW AT 113.9 CASES PER 100,000. PREVIOUSLY, IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT IF WE JUMPED ABOVE 100, WE FLAGGED ON THE C.D.C. LEVEL, AND THAT FLAGGED US AUTOMATICALLY TO RED. IS THAT NO LONGER THE CASE, HAS THE MAP’S GUIDELINE CHANGED? GOVERNOR DEWINE: JEFF, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, AND IF I AM, SOMEONE WILL CALL JOHN RIGHT HIGHWAY. — RIGHT AWAY I’M SURE AND TELL THEM WE WILL CORRECT IT, BUT MY PREX IS THE WAY THE SYSTEM WAS SET UP WAS THAT YOU — MY RECOLLECTION IS THE WAY THE SYSTEM WAS SET UP IS YOU HAVE TO BE AT THAT LEVEL, 100 OR ABOVE, FOR TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS. SO AGAIN, I CAN BE CORRECTED ON THAT, AND I’M SURE SOMEONE WILL CORRECT ME QUICKLY IF I’M WRONG, BUT THAT’S WHAT I RECALL. >> IT WOULD STAND TO SAY THEN THAT THERE’S A WARNING HERE, WE’RE WELL ABOVE 100 IF WE STAY THAT WAY. GOVERNOR DEWINE: YEAH. YEAH. LOOK, I MEAN, LOOK, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, AND YOU KNOW, I THINK THE MAYOR HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR, WE’RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. WE TRIED TO BE CLEAR, THE HEALTH DIRECTOR, BOLT THE CITY AND THE COUNTY HAVE MADE THAT VERY, VERY CLEAR, SO YOU KNOW, WE STILL GOT TO BE ALERT. IT’S FUNNY, IF I COULD JUST DIGRESS FOR A MOMENT, BUT I DID INTERVIEWS YESTERDAY WITH I THINK SEVEN DIFFERENT TV STATIONS, SOME OF THE REPORTERS HAVE ASKED SOME QUESTIONS TODAY. BUT I THINK ALMOST IN EVERY TV STATION, WHEN I DID AN INTERVIEW, THEY SAID THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION FROM THEIR LISTENERS, THEIR VIEWERS, WAS WHEN CAN WE TAKE MASKS OFF? AND I JUST — YOU KNOW, I HAD TO KIND OF SMILE, BECAUSE WE ALL WANT TO TAKE OUR MASK OFF. LOOK, WE GET HOT, NO ONE WANTS TO WEAR THESE THINGS, BUT WE KNOW WE’VE GOT TO DO IT. AND WHILE WE’VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS, THIS THING IS NOT OVER. IT’S NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER AND IT’S NOT OVER, AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DO THINGS LIKE WEARING MASKS AND KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCE UNTIL WE GET THROUGH THE TUNNEL. UNTIL WE SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY, AND AGAIN THE GOAL, I’M OPTIMISTIC. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS, AND THERE’S A BRIGHT FUTURE OUT THERE, BUT WE’VE GOT TO GET THROUGH IT AND WE’VE GOT TO GO PUT UP WITH THE ANNOYANCE OF WEARING A MASK AND INCONVENES OF STAYING AWAY FROM — THEREUPON CONVENIENCE OF STAYING AWAY FROM PEOPLE BUT WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN FRANKLIN COUNTIES AND OTHER COUNTIES, EACH ONE HAS GOT A STORY, BUT WE’RE NOT THROUGH THIS, AND WE’RE A LONG WAYS FROM BEING THROUGH IT. I MEAN, HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DIED TODAY OR REPORTED. WE HAVE REPORTS OF THEIR DEATH TODAY, AND YOU LOOK AT OUR CAS CASES, THEY’RE NOT COMING DOWN. SO, WE’VE GOT TO HANG IN THERE HAND OHIOANS ARE TOUGH AND WE’LL DO IT. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM BEN SCHWARTZ AT WCPO IN CINCINNATI. >> M HI GOVERNOR. I’D LIKE TO ASK ABOUT THE PLANNED SOCCER GAME BETWEEN FC CINCINNATI AND THE COLUMBUS CREW THIS WEEKEND. THE TEAMS ARE PLANNING ON ALLOWING JUST 1500 FANS TO SPECK AT A TIME. I’M WONDERING IF YOU CAN TELL US IF THIS IS AROND THE CURRENT HEALTH ORDER, AND WITH JUST 1500 FANS, IT SHOULD BE EASY TO SOCIALLY CONT DISTANCE, BUT CAN SAY WHETHER OR NOT FANS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS DURING THIS ENTIRE GAME AT LEAST UNDER YOUR HEALTH ORDER? >> YEAH, I BELIEVE OUR HEALTH ORDER, YOU KNOW, IT DOES ALLOW 1500 SPECTATORS AND YOU KNOW, THEY’RE BASICALLY AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, FOLLOWING THE HEALTH ORDER. NOW THEY HAVE TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OBVIOUSLY, BUT THAT WAS A GENERAL ORDER THAT APPLIES TO ANY OUTDOOR SPORTING EVENT. SO YOU KNOW, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I MEAN, THE ORDER, I DON’T KNOW THE CAPACITY, I GUESS I’D HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THE CAPACITY. 15% OR 1500, WHICHEVER IS LOWER. AND THAT’S WHAT THE ORDER SALES. — ORDER SAYS. THERE’S A POSSIBILITY AS WE GO FORWARD AS I MENTIONED BEFORE THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT OTHER SPORTS, YOU KNOW, FAR THEY COME WITH A PLAN, AND THAT PLAN GETS APPROVED BY THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THAT PLAN GETS APPROVED BY THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, YOU COULD CONCEIVABLY SEE MORE FANS AT SOCCER AT AN NFL FOOTBALL GAME OR BASEBALL GAME OR SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THAT’S THE GENERAL ORDER. THEY WOULD BE TRYING — I ASSUME THEY’RE TRYING TO COME UNDER THE GENERAL ORDER. BUT AGAIN, IT’S 15%, 1500, >> GOVERNOR, JUST AN UPDATE ON THE LAST QUESTION REGARDING THE FRANKLIN COUNTY, 100 CASES PER 100,000 NUMBER. IT’S JUST A REMINDER TO FOLKS WHO MAY REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SEVEN CATEGORIES AND YOU MUST HIT AT LEAST FOUR TRIGGERS BEFORE YOU GO RED REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE ON THE PER CAPITA NUMBER ON THE 100,000, SO FRANKLIN COUNTY DOES NOT HIT THOSE FOUR TRIGGERS AND THAT’S WHY THEY’RE NOT RED. GOVERNOR DEWINE: OK. ALL RIGHT. JOHN HAS GOT THE TRUTH THERE. I MRS. MISSTATED IT. THAT’S WHAT IT IS. SORRY FOR BEING WRONG ABOUT THAT. WHO’S NEXT. >> IT’S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH IT ALL. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM ALEX AT BLOOMBERG. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR. PRETTY SIMPLE QUESTION, BUT PRETTY HARD ANSWER, I’M SURE. HOW DO YOU STOP ADULTS FROM PARTYING? YOU KNOW, THE COLLEGE TRADITION OF GOING OUT, MEETING YOUR FRIENDS, EXPERIMENTING MAYBE A LITTLE BIT AND MAYBE GETTING INTO SOME BAD BUT FUN TROUBLE. HOW DO WE STOP THAT SO THAT WE CAN STEM THE SPREAD HERE? THANKS. GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL IT’S CERTAINLY NOT SOMETHING THE GOVERNOR CAN DO. TO STATE THE OBVIOUS. YOU KNOW, WHAT COLLEGES HAVE DONE, THEY MADE PRETTY CLEAR TO STUDENTS, IF THE SPREAD CONTINUES, THE SPREAD GOES UP. AT SOME POINT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TOTALLY REMOTE. WE WON’T BE ABLE TO BE IN CLASS. AND YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT IS A — THERE’S SOME PRESSURE THERE. I THINK THERE’S SOME PEER PRESSURE WITH STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BE IN CLASS, WHO WANT TO HAVE A YEAR AT WHATEVER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO. THEY’RE PAYING MONEY FOR IT. THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT, SO REALLY AS MANY PRESIDENTS HAVE TOLD ME, IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO THE STUDENTS IN WHAT THEY DO AND LOOK, THIS IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF US WHO ARE NO LONGER IN COLLEGE. YOU KNOW, IT’S ALL JUDGMENTS THAT WE MAKE, DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE. YOU KNOW, DO WE GO OUT AND SOCIALIZE, IF WE DO, HOW DO WE DO IT? YOU KNOW, AND SO, YOU KNOW, NO ONE IS TELLING STUDENTS TO, YOU KNOW, TO HIBERNATE FOR NINE MONTHS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, OR THE WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR OR WHATEVER, BUT YOU KNOW, ARE I THINK WE’RE SAYING, LOOK, THIS IS A REALITY. IF OF THE NUMBERS GET TOO HIGH AND THE SPREAD IS TOO MUCH, YOU KNOW, THESE SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICE BUT TO PULL BACK, AND WE’RE SEEING THIS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO IT’S THAT KIND OF I THINK PRESSURE, THAT KIND OF A REWARD, THERE IS A REWARD THERE, AND THE REWARD IS THAT YOU GET A SCHOOL YEAR. IT MAY NOT BE QUITE THE SAME AS IT’S BEEN IN THE PAST, OR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN, BUT IT’S A SCHOOL YEAR, AND YOU KNOW, YOU’RE GETTING YOUR EDUCATION, YOU CAN STILL SOCIALIZE, YOU CAN STILL, YOU KNOW, HAVE PARTIES, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO AGAIN, PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES. INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. THIS TIME OF YEAR, YOU NEED TO BE OUTSIDE. WHATEVER YOU’RE GOING TO DO, DO IT OUTSIDE. YOU KNOW, WEAR A MASK. DO THESE THINGS. IF YOU GO BACK AND YOU TALK TO THE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS AND YOU TALK TO THE DETAINEES AND YOU TALK TO PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO TELL YOU IS WELL, THERE’S THIS PARTY OVER HERE, THERE’S THIS PARTY OVER HERE AND THEN THIS HAPPENED AND THAT SPREAD OUT FROM THERE HAND THEY CAN PRETTY MUCH TRACE IT, BUT THAT’S AGAIN, NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HAPPENS WITH ADULTS, SO WE’RE NOT PICKING ON COLLEGE STUDENTS. WE ALL HAVE THIS RESPONSIBILITY. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM DUSTIN ENSINGER >> ALL RIGHT, WE’LL SKIP DUSTIN. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JUSTIN DENNIS AT MAHONEY MATTERS.COM. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, IF FEDERAL PROSECUTORS COORDINATED WITH YOUR ADMINISTRATION ON OPERATION RED ZONE, WHICH PROMISES FEDERAL CHARGES FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND IN TOLEDO, CANTON AND HERE IN YOUNGSTOWN. WE KIND OF WANT TO GET A SENSE OF YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HOW YOU FEEL THIS ALLIANCE WITH YOUR PROPOSALS TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION? GOVERNOR DEWINE: I’M NOT AWARE OF ANY CONTACT WITH OUR DEPARTMENT. OR ANY OF OUR DIDN’T. I’M NOT AWARE OF THAT. YOU WANT TO TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM? >> YEAH. ONE MOMENT. SO THIS FEDERAL PROSE PROSECUTOR WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FIND FELONS OR MISDEMEANOR OFFENDERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN POSSESSION OF FIREARMS, IF THEY’RE ON DISABILITY, THEY’LL FACE FEDERAL CHARGES AS WELL, THAT’S A PROGRAM THAT’S HAPPENING IN TOLEDO, CANTON, YOUNGSTOWN THIS WEEKEND. GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, I’M HAPPY TO SEE THE PRIORITY. QUITE CANDIDLY, I’VE LIVED THROUGH A LOT OF DIFFERENT JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS AND SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, IT’S A PRIORITY, SOMETIMES IT’S NOT A PRIORITY, AND ARE THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGE TODAY OVER LOCAL COUNTY PROSECUTORS IN OHIO UNDER WHAT WE CALL WEAPONS AND DISABILITIES, WHICH IS ONE OF THE THINGS Y’ALL HAVE HEARD ME SAY WEEK AFTER WEEK IS WE SEE VIOLENCE IN OUR CITIES, I’VE SAID LOOK ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO IS INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GUN AND ARE A FELON AND HAVE NO RIGHT TO HAVE THE GUN. BUT OUR LAW TODAY IN OHIO IS NOT NEARLY HAS TOUGH AS THE FEDERAL LAW IS, SO WE DEPEND ON PROSECUTORS, IF THEY GET A CASE, LIKE THAT, AND THEY WANT TO GET A HEAVIER PENALTY, THEY WALK ACROSS THE STREET OR WHEREVER IT MIGHT BE, AND GO SEE THE U.S. ATTORNEY AND SEE IF THE U.S. ATTORNEY WILL BE WILLING TO FILE THOSE CHARGES. THE PROBLEM IS THE U.S. ATTORNEY CAN ONLY FILE SO MANY CASES. THEY CAN ONLY HANDLE SO MANY CASES THROUGH THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, SO WHAT WE HAVE PROPOSED AND WHAT IS IN FRONT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL CHANGE THAT. IT WON’T CHANGE WHAT THE FEDS DO, BUT IT WILL ALLOW OUR LOCAL PROSECUTORS, OUR ADA PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS IN OHIO, TO GO AFTER THE VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS WHO ARE CARRYING A GUN AND IF THEY GEUTGET ONE WITH THE GUN, YOU CA LITERALLY THROW THE BOOK AT THEM AND GIVE THE JUDGE MORE DISCRETION ON A SENTENCE, SO YOU KNOW, THAT GOING AFTER PARTICULARLY THE, AGAIN, I DON’T KNOW A LOT ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S FOCUSING ON PEOPLE WHO ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT, YOU KNOW, WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE A GUN, HAVE NO LEGAL RIGHT TO HAVE A GUN AT ALL. >> NEXT QUESTION FROM DUSTIN ENSINGER. >> HI, GOVERNOR, WE HAVEN’T HEARD PRETTY MUCH LATELY ABOUT THE SITUATION IN THE STATE’S PRISONS. COULD YOU PROVIDE US WITH AN UPDATE ON THAT AND IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION STILL RELEASING MORE MEDICALLY VULNERABLE PRISONERS WITH 90 DAYS OR LESS REMAINING ON THEIR SENTENCES? GOVERNOR DEWINE: THE ANSWER TO THE LAST QUESTION IS YES. WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE PUT A SCREENING PROCESS IN, SO CERTAIN OFFENSES — WE’RE NOT GOING TO LET A SEX OFFENDER OUT ONE DAY EARLY, NOT ONE DAY, BUT OTHER OFFENSES ONCE THEY HIT, IF YOU’RE NOT A VIOLENT OFFENSE, A SEX OFFENDER, ETC., ONCE THEY GUILTY WITHIN THE 90-DAY WINDOW OF WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO COME OUT ANYWAY, YES, IF THEY MEET THE CRITERIA, WE ARE RELEASING THEM. NOW, AS I RECALL, WE’RE TESTING THEM FOR COVID TO MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT TURNING SOMEONE LOOSE WHO HAS COVID, SO WE ARE DOING THAT. THAT IS TAKING DOWN THE PRISON POPULATION TO SOME EXTENT. IT’S THE LOWEST IT’S BEEN IN A FEW YEARS. BUT WHAT I WILL DO ON TIES, I’LL HAVE A REPORT VIA SKYPE OR SOMEWHERE OF WHERE EXACTLY WE ARE IN REGARD TO OUR PRISONS. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM ADRIAN ROB BINS FROM WCMH IN COLUMBUS. >> HI, GOVERNOR. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. THERE’S OBVIOUSLY CONCERN SURROUNDING LABOR DAY AND THAT SEEMS TO STEM FROM WHAT WE SAW AFTER THE 4th OF I WILL JULY, BUT ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT A SPIKE AT THIS TIME COULD BE MORE SEVERE BECAUSE OF OTHER FACTORS THAT ARE IN PLAY, LIKE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES BEING OPEN AND OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE GETTING MUCH CLOSER TO FLU SEASON. >> Kyle: YES. ABSOLUTELY. >> YES, ABSOLUTELY. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON. I COULDN’T SAY IT MUCH BETTER. WE HAVE COLLEGES COMING BACK, SCHOOLS COMING BACK, PARENTS P WANT STUDENTS TO BE IN SCHOOL. WE WANT THEM TO HAVE THE CHOICES, WE WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO PLAY EXTRACURRICULAR, ETC., BUT WE KNOW THAT INCREASES THE RISK AND SO, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE REST OF US WHO ARE OUT THERE, MAKING CHOICES EVERY DAY, MAKE THE RIGHT ONES AND LIFE IS FULL OF TRADEOFFS. IF WE WANT OUR KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL IN PERSON, WE HAVE TO WEAR A MASK, WE HAVE TO KEEP A SOCIAL DISTANCE, WE HAVE TO SLOW THE SPREAD DOWN. YEAH, IF THIS LABOR DAY IS LIKE THE 4th OF JULY, OR WORSE, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF PEOPLE GETTING TOGETHER AND SPREADING, YOU COUPLE THAT WITH COLLEGES, YOU COUPLE THAT WITH K-12, YEAH, I WORRY ABOUT IT. I WORRY A LOT ABOUT IT AND EVENTUALLY, IT’S GOING TO GET COLD. AND YOU KNOW, THE EXPERTS TELL US THAT THE ODDS ARE WHEN IT GETS COLD, PEOPLE GO INSIDE. WE KNOW BEING OUTSIDE IS A LOT SAFER THAN INSIDE, SO WHEN WE’RE ALL INSIDE, WE’RE ALL INSIDE, AND IT’S CERTAINLY MORE DANGEROUS. YET THE FLU SEE — WE HAVE THE FLU SEASON COMING ON. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH FLU. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO GET THEIR FLU SHOT. VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. IT’S NOT GOING TO PROTECT YOU AGAINST COVID, BUT IT PROTECTS YOU AGAINST THE FLU OR AT LEAST IT GIVES YOU A BETTER SHOT IN REGARD TO THE FLU. SO WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THAT. IT’S POSSIBLE, IN SOME OF THE — MILE AN HOUR UNDERSTANDING, FROM WHAT I’VE READ, IN SOME OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE COUNTRIES, WITH PEOPLE WEAR MASKS, THAT DID CUT DOWN ON THE FLU SPREAD. SO WE CAN HOPE THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS AND THAT WE HOPE THAT WILL CUT DOWN ON THE FLU SPREAD, BUT YEAH, I’M WORRIED. I’M WORRIED ABOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS COMING TOGETHER. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SHANE AT HANNAH NEWS SERVICE. >> WE’LL SKIP I SHANE. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SHANE AT OHIO PUBLIC NEWS. >> IF A PERSON HAS BEEN INFECTED W INFECTED — HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED PERSON BUT DOES NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS, SHOULD THAT PERSON SEEK TESTING? GOVERNOR DEWINE: YES. LOOK WHAT WE DO IS WE FOLLOW THE C.D.C. GUIDELINES, I LOOKED AT THEM, I LOOKED AT THEM THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T LOOK AT THEM AS FAR AS YOUR QUESTION, BUT I LOOKED AT THEM IN RESPONSE TO SOME INQUIRIES WE HAD IN REGARD TO SCHOOLS, AND KIDS SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE PROTOCOL, BUT I WOULD SAY THEY SHOULD GET TESTED. >> NEXT QUESTION IS FROM MAX FILBY AT THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH. >> HEY, GOVERNOR. >> I’VE GOT A TWO-PARTER FOR YOU TODAY. WILL SCHOOLS THAT ARE DOING FULLY REMOTE LEARNING THIS FALL STILL BE REQUIRED TO REPORT ANY CASES IN THEIR STUDENT POPULATION? AND SECONDLY, WHEN YOUR ADMINISTRATION STARTED REPORTING CASES AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, I REMEMBER THERE BEING SOME ISSUES AND THE DATA WAS PULLED DOWN BRIEFLY. WHAT SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE TO PREVENT SOME OF THOSE ISSUES FROM OCCURRING WITH THE SCHOOL REPORTING? GOVERNOR DEWINE: WELL, MAX, LOOK, MISTAKES CAN HAPPEN AND I CAN’T GUARANTEE YOU THAT NO MISTAKES ARE GOING TO BE MADE, I CAN’T GUARANTEE YOU THERE WON’T BE A GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM. OUR FOLKS ARE WORKING ON THAT TO MAKE SURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN BUT THINGS LIKE THAT DO HAPPEN. AS FAR AS A SCHOOL’S OBLIGATION TO REPORT, I NEVER LOOKED AT THAT AS AN OBLIGATION FOR A SCHOOL THAT’S FULLY REMOTE. SO I — YOU KNOW, THAT’S NOT WHAT I INTENDED. AND I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT THE ORDER SALES. — WHAT THE ORDER SAYS. >> NEXT QUESTION, WE’RE GOING BACK TO SHANE AT HANNAH NEWS CONSERVICE — HANNAH NEWS SERVIC SHANE, PLEASE UNMUTE YOUR LINE. ALL RIGHT. THINK THINK WE LOST SHANE AGAIN. WE HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION FOR YOU GREAT PLAY BY RYAN, THE LAST QUESTION IS LOUISE GILL FROM OHIO LATINO TV. >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? GOVERNOR DEWINE: I CAN HEAR YOU. I CAN SEE YOU TOO. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. YEAH. THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS, GOVERNOR. I HAVE TWO EASY QUESTIONS, I THINK. ONE FOR YOU IS, GOVERNOR, LET’S SAY THAT THE NOVEMBER 1 COMES AND THE VIRUS WORKS. IT’S A MIRACLE VACCINE, AND EVERYTHING WORKS PERFECTLY. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU TO OPEN THE STATE. GOVERNOR DEWINE: THE ANSWER IS I DON’T KNOW. FIRST OF ALL, WE DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THE VACCINE WE WOULD GET. LET’S ASSUME WE GET IT ON THE 1st. LET’S ASSUME, YOU KNOW, WE HAD GREAT REPORTS AND ALL THE VALIDATION. YOU KNOW, WE DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH WE’LL GET. SO THAT COULD BE, YOU KNOW, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THAT COULD BE SPREAD OUT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. SO THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION IS, I JUST DON’T KNOW. >> GOVERNOR, I WANTED TO ADD SOMETHING IN ON THE ON-LINE SCHOOL PEELS. — SCHOOL PIECE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT RIGHT. THERE MAY BE SCHOOLS THAT ARE FULLY ON-LINE BUFFER ALSO HAVE SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE GETTING TOGETHER AND FOR THOSE THAT HAVE THAT, THEY DO NEED TO REPORT THAT INFORMATION. GOVERNOR DEWINE: OK. THANKS, JOHN. WELL, THANKS, EVERYBODY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON TUESDAY, 2:00 P.M. WE’RE GOING TO CLOSE WITH SOMETHING FUN. EARLIER, WE HAD ON MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT CRAWFORD. TO END TODAY, I WANTED TO SHOW THE MIAMI UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND PLAYING THE FIGHT SONG IN A SOCIALLY DISTANT WAY. WE’LL TURN IT OVER TO MIAMI. ♪ GOVERNOR DEWINE: THANK THE MIAMI BAND AND WE’LL SEE YOU ALL NEXT TUESDAY. THANK
Coronavirus latest: 138,484 cases in Ohio; 57,282 in Kentucky; 106,540 in Indiana
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus. Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 138,484, 4,419 deaths | Kentucky, 57,282, 1,065 deaths | Indiana, 106,540, 3,215 deaths15 Days to Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus Educational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resourcesCORONAVIRUS IN OHIO The search continues for Ohio’s new health director after a doctor who Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday will serve as the state’s new health director withdrew her name from consideration for the position hours after the announcement.DeWine announced at his afternoon press conference Thursday that Dr. Joan Duwve will serve as the state’s new health director.Duwve, a medical doctor, has extensive experience in public health, the governor said, and is expected to start in October.A native Ohioan, Duwve has been working for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster as the director of public health at their Department of Health and Environmental Control.Prior to that, she served Indiana Govs. Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb as the chief medical officer with the State Department of Health and as the medical director for the Department’s Division of Public Health and Preparedness.”Her leadership spans government and academic service, as she also was an associate dean of practice for the Indiana University Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health and developed and directed the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Center,” DeWine said in part.”She shares my passion for and commitment to children’s issues and many other pressing public health issues, including substance use treatment and prevention, lead paint awareness and remediation, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, and injury prevention.”Duwve was set to replace Dr. Amy Acton, who stepped down as the director of the Ohio Department of Health in June. She was a household name in Ohio during the coronavirus pandemic, winning early praise for her aggressive decisions to combat the virus.But that early praise turned into a contentious few months, as she became the target of frustrations. She was sued often, and even faced sometimes ugly pushback for health orders that contributed to the closing of businesses.In wake of her departure, Lance Himes served as the state’s interim director.However, late Thursday evening, DeWine tweeted that Duwve withdrew her name from consideration for the position of Director of the Ohio Department of Health, citing personal reasons.The governor said he and his administration will continue its search for a full-time director of the Ohio Department of Health.CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKYIn a statement made on Sunday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is continuing to see “troubling increases” in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. “Let’s remember that we’re not powerless in this fight. We wash our hands often and properly. We can keep our gatherings small and make sure we maintain a safe social distance,” Beshear said in a statement. “We can avoid traveling to hotspots. But most of all, we can wear a mask. It’s the best advice from the nation’s top experts and how we protect those we love during this pandemic.”Beshear reported there are at least 56,945 cases in Kentucky, 536 of which were newly reported Sunday. Eighty-seven of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, and 24 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Barren County.“Our case numbers often dip during the weekend as not all labs are reporting,” the Governor said. “We can expect higher counts during the week, but the real work we have is to get these numbers to begin really going down.”Beshear reported three new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 1,060 Kentuckians lost to the virus. “These are three of our fellow Kentuckians we’ve lost, and it hurts just as much for their friends, their families and their communities as any that have come before or will be announced in the future,” the Governor said. “Light up your homes and businesses green tonight to let them know they are not alone in their grief.”As of Sunday, there have been at least 990,957 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANAThe Indiana Department of Health announced Monday that 755 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the state laboratory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 106,540 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.Multiple additional testing facilities have been newly onboarded into the electronic reporting system. This onboarding resulted in the addition of 818 tested individuals and 1,770 tests administered (all negative results) to today’s counts.A total of 3,215 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of two from the previous day. Another 224 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days. To date, 1,247,293 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,238,984 on Sunday. A total of 1,738,305 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.Symptoms:According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.Emergency warning signs include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusion or inability to arouseBluish lips or face*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:Resources: – Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634- Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725- Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail email@example.com.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteWhat to do if you think you have it:Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician. Helpful tips and guides: → Here’s what you should do if you already have the coronavirus → Dealing with stress, anxiety during coronavirus outbreak→ These viral social media coronavirus posts are FALSE→ How long should you wash your hands to avoid the coronavirus?→ Guidance for self isolation and home quarantine→ How to clean your car for coronavirus→ A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads→ This map tracks the coronavirus in real time→ How to work from home without losing your sanity
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.
Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.
15 Days to Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus
Educational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resources
CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO
The search continues for Ohio’s new health director after a doctor who Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday will serve as the state’s new health director withdrew her name from consideration for the position hours after the announcement.
DeWine announced at his afternoon press conference Thursday that Dr. Joan Duwve will serve as the state’s new health director.
Duwve, a medical doctor, has extensive experience in public health, the governor said, and is expected to start in October.
A native Ohioan, Duwve has been working for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster as the director of public health at their Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Prior to that, she served Indiana Govs. Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb as the chief medical officer with the State Department of Health and as the medical director for the Department’s Division of Public Health and Preparedness.
“Her leadership spans government and academic service, as she also was an associate dean of practice for the Indiana University Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health and developed and directed the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Center,” DeWine said in part.
“She shares my passion for and commitment to children’s issues and many other pressing public health issues, including substance use treatment and prevention, lead paint awareness and remediation, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, and injury prevention.”
Duwve was set to replace Dr. Amy Acton, who stepped down as the director of the Ohio Department of Health in June. She was a household name in Ohio during the coronavirus pandemic, winning early praise for her aggressive decisions to combat the virus.
But that early praise turned into a contentious few months, as she became the target of frustrations. She was sued often, and even faced sometimes ugly pushback for health orders that contributed to the closing of businesses.
In wake of her departure, Lance Himes served as the state’s interim director.
However, late Thursday evening, DeWine tweeted that Duwve withdrew her name from consideration for the position of Director of the Ohio Department of Health, citing personal reasons.
The governor said he and his administration will continue its search for a full-time director of the Ohio Department of Health.
CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY
In a statement made on Sunday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is continuing to see “troubling increases” in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
“Let’s remember that we’re not powerless in this fight. We wash our hands often and properly. We can keep our gatherings small and make sure we maintain a safe social distance,” Beshear said in a statement. “We can avoid traveling to hotspots. But most of all, we can wear a mask. It’s the best advice from the nation’s top experts and how we protect those we love during this pandemic.”
Beshear reported there are at least 56,945 cases in Kentucky, 536 of which were newly reported Sunday. Eighty-seven of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, and 24 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Barren County.
“Our case numbers often dip during the weekend as not all labs are reporting,” the Governor said. “We can expect higher counts during the week, but the real work we have is to get these numbers to begin really going down.”
Beshear reported three new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 1,060 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
“These are three of our fellow Kentuckians we’ve lost, and it hurts just as much for their friends, their families and their communities as any that have come before or will be announced in the future,” the Governor said. “Light up your homes and businesses green tonight to let them know they are not alone in their grief.”
As of Sunday, there have been at least 990,957 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky.
CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA
The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday that 755 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the state laboratory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 106,540 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.
Multiple additional testing facilities have been newly onboarded into the electronic reporting system. This onboarding resulted in the addition of 818 tested individuals and 1,770 tests administered (all negative results) to today’s counts.
A total of 3,215 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of two from the previous day. Another 224 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.
To date, 1,247,293 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,238,984 on Sunday. A total of 1,738,305 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:
– Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634
– Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725
– Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to do if you think you have it:
Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician.