The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is now
partnering with the Ohio Department of Health to help increase
the availability of testing supplies needed for testing citizens
"Because of supply chain problems, we can’t always get the swabs
and tubes and transport liquid, and there is also a shortage in
the chemicals or reagents necessary to run the tests," said
Governor DeWine. "Through this new partnership, we are working
to get these resources and provide them to those conducting the
N95 MASK SANITIZING:
Battelle and JobsOhio have partnered to provide free N95 mask
sanitizing for hospitals for the next two weeks. The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration approved the use of new Battelle
technology to sanitize these masks for reuse. Ohio still faces a
critical shortage of PPE. Anyone with items to donate should
email email@example.com. Manufacturers that may be able
to temporarily repurpose to create PPE are asked to visit repurposingproject.com.
EARLY PRISON RELEASE: Governor
DeWine will recommend the early release of 38 prison inmates.
The inmates fall into two categories:
Pregnant inmates and those who are recently postpartum.
Inmates who are vulnerable to COVID-19 at 60 years old or
older and have 120 days or less remaining on their
Governor DeWine will send a letter to the judges who presided
over these cases and encourage them to grant early release.
These cases do not involve any individuals convicted of serious
violent crimes such as, but not limited to, murder, sexual
assault, and domestic violence.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) will
work with the courts to hold these hearings remotely. If a
victim was involved in the case, they will be notified and given
the opportunity to provide a statement.
NEW EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE: The
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released a special guide to
help schools, educators, students, parents, and caregivers as
they navigate remote learning.
The new Remote Learning Resource Guide will support the
ability of each child to carry on learning during this time of
ODE consulted with educators across Ohio as they compiled the
remote learning guide and incorporated their best advice for
finding remote-learning information and how to use it.
The guide includes online learning resources, as well as several
less technical resources.
The guide is available on the Ohio
Department of Education's website and on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 3,312 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 91
deaths. A total of 895 people have been hospitalized, including
288 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign
language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio
Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or