FLATTENING THE CURVE
Ohio's efforts to the slow the spread are showing positive
results, the state's health director said.
Early modeling suggests Ohio is on track to cut the effect on
the state's health care system by 50% or more, said Amy
Acton, state health director.
But it's no time for a victory lap, she said, adding that
residents must remain committed to practicing social distancing
and staying at home.
``Ohio, what you're doing absolutely is saving lives,`` Acton
Jobless claims skyrocketed from about 7,000 to nearly 188,000 in
the week ending Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of
Job and Family Services. That total for a single week was more
than Ohio has seen in any full month except one, during the heat
of the 1980s recession.
DeWine said it's critical that everyone follow his advice to
stay home and avoid getting together in large groups, even on
He said he spoke with several mayors on Thursday and some said
they were taking down basketball hoops in parks to stop people
``Social distancing buys the hospitals, everybody more time,''
Among the more than 860 cases, about 220 people have been
hospitalized, with nearly 100 in intensive care.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
declared a public health emergency and set up a command center
after three cases were confirmed there. Unit commanders have
been given latitude to let employees work from home if they're
able, the Dayton Daily News reported.
The state is limiting testing to those who are hospitalized and
to health care workers. The Department of Health said people
with suspected symptoms should call a medical provider first but
seek immediate help if symptoms are serious, such as difficulty
breathing or shortness of breath.
For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate
symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three
weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with
existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing
pneumonia or death.
DeWine plans to sign on Friday a (backslash)relief package.
Mandatory state testing for schools would be ditched this year,
mail-in voting for the postponed primary would be allowed until
April 28, and the deadline for filing state income taxes would
be extended until July 15 under the wide-ranging bill.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Democratic Party plans to drop a lawsuit
against the state elections chief after its concerns about the
establishment of a June 2 primary were addressed in the
The state says anyone who wants to donate masks, goggles,
gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first
responders should send an email to together(at)governor.ohio.gov.
Ohio's two U.S. attorneys and Attorney General Dave Yost
promised swift action, including criminal charges, against
doctors found to have improperly prescribed the drugs
chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 for
patients who don't have a positive test.
An inmate with HIV has asked to be released during the
pandemic, telling the Ohio Supreme Court that being in prison
could be a death sentence for him.
Derek Lichtenwalter told the court that social distancing
guidelines are not possible among inmates, adding that he is
within 3 feet of a dozen people and that the virus would spread
quickly if it enters the prison.
The court on Thursday gave the state until Monday to respond to
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
There will be no high school basketball, ice hockey or wrestling
state champions this year.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday
officially canceled the remaining winter sports tournaments,
ending any hope that they could be resumed.
``Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult
to find facilities willing to host the tournaments,'' said
Jerry Snodgrass, the group's executive director.
Seewer reported from Toledo.