The Ohio Department of Health’s latest report once again shows the daily death, hospitalization and ICU admission totals are above the 21-day average. Ohio has a total of 33,915 cases of COVID-19 and an overall death toll of 2,098.
5,811 Ohioans have now been hospitalized from the coronavirus; 1,516 have been admitted into the intensive care unit.
10,245 COVID-19 tested were administered in the past 24-hours throughout the Buckeye State. Overall, 357,722 Ohioans have been tested for the virus. Ohio has a positive test rate of around 9.4%.
Governor Mike DeWine says pharmacies are critical in Ohio’s response to COVID-19. The state’s board of pharmacy has clarified rules that will allow pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests in the Buckeye State. A map will be added to the state’s coronavirus website that lists COVID-19 testing locations.
Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state will be expanding its testing criteria. Before Thursday, testing was for Ohioans who were hospitalized from the virus, those working on the front lines such as healthcare professionals or first responders, those who were high risk and those who had essential surgeries scheduled. Now, it also includes those who are symptomatic.
Assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities that are properly prepared can begin to allow outdoor visitation in Ohio beginning on June 8th. Ohio’s decision to move forward with outdoor visitation is the culmination of several things including:
Guidelines for visitation were jointly developed by the Academy for Senior Health Sciences, Leading Age Ohio, the Ohio Assisted Living Association, the Ohio Healthcare Association and the Ohio Medical Director’s Association.
Governor DeWine says decisions about county and independent fairs should be made locally because each county and independent fair is unique and has different challenges.
“Conditions may change over the summer,” DeWine said. “But we are asking all fair boards to comply with all of the Ohio Department of Health orders in place and the guidelines for other sectors that would also apply to fairs, like for food service and rides.”
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is in the process of distributing all state funding available for the state’s 94 county and independent fairs.
DeWine also says the state is releasing guidelines on how county fair boards, agricultural societies and local health departments can safely allow kids to participate in limited livestock shows and other activities.
The guidelines focus on:
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August to help businesses keep their focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers.
In order to support the changing needs of #Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:
The next application period of the TechCred program will open June 1st and run through June 30th, allowing for another opportunity for companies to train current and or incoming employees.