A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Thursday:
The state reported 272,117 jobless claims for the week ending
March 28, a second straight week of record numbers as businesses
grapple with effects of the pandemic. The state has received
468,414 claims in the past two weeks - over 100,000 more than
for all of 2019 - while paying out $45 million to more than
Gov. Mike DeWine said the extension of the stay-at-home order,
which takes effect Monday, requires retail businesses to set a
specific number of people allowed in stores at a time, and
creates a board to resolve disputes when similar businesses feel
they've been treated differently county by county. Parks remain
open but campgrounds, public swimming pools and day camps will
"If you are frustrated, I'm frustrated too," DeWine said of the
extension. "This is not how we want to live. This is not what we
signed up for, but it's where we are."
Craft store company Hobby Lobby agreed to again close its Ohio
stores, Attorney General Dave Yost said in a tweet late
Wednesday. Yost had sent a cease-and-desist order following
reports that several stores were open in Ohio, demanding proof
the stores meet the "essential business" requirements under the
state's stay-at-home order.
Messages seeking comment were left with the company Wednesday
In Medina in northeastern Ohio, dozens of cars lined up before
dawn as 1,000 food boxes were distributed through the
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, according to WEWS-TV.
At Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, a cargo plane
from Shanghai, China, delivered 83 metric tons of personal
protective equipment, including gloves, gowns, goggles, masks
and hand sanitizer. The shipment, coordinated through the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, was not staying in Ohio but was bound
for medical distributors in areas of greatest need, then to U.S.
hospitals, health care facilities and nursing homes, according
to the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.
More than 2,900 Ohio cases are confirmed, with 81 deaths as of
Thursday and more than 800 people hospitalized, officials
That doesn't reflect all cases in Ohio, because the state limits
testing to those who are hospitalized and to health care
In Alliance, Kimberly Holbrook said a memorial service will have
to wait for safer times following the March 28 death of her
husband, Jeffrey Holbrook, 55, from COVID-19, according to The
Repository. Kimberly Holbrook urged people to take the
At ManorCare nursing home in Parma in suburban Cleveland, five
patients and nine employees have tested positive for Covid-19,
cleveland.com reported. In Miami County in southwestern Ohio,
health officials are looking into whether an infected health
care worker inadvertently helped spread an outbreak that began
in mid-March and has killed eight residents and infected close
to 50 people at two nursing homes.
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.
The state asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging
Ohio's modified primary election plan, which extended voting by
absentee ballot only until April 28, 2020.
Yost appealed a federal judge's Monday order that found
unconstitutional the state's temporary ban on elective surgeries
if it prohibits abortions from being carried out. The judge
denied a request to put his order on hold during the appeal.
THE NEW NORMAL
In Barberton in northeastern Ohio, a judge married a couple who
needed a "plan B" for a scheduled indoor wedding, performing the
ceremony outside in a gazebo, then serenading them with an
accordion, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. DeWine reminded
Ohioans Thursday that the state's stay-at-home order prohibiting
gatherings of more than 10 people applies to weddings.
In Ohio's Amish country, Amish women and their families are
sewing N-95 mask covers, gowns and boot covers, bound for health
care workers in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and New
Jersey, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Yost has ordered Ohio's police officer training academy to speed
up the final examinations of about 300 cadets to allow them to
hit the streets faster. He's also working with local law
enforcement agencies to help allow recently retired officers to
Associated Press writers John Seewer in Toledo, Mark Gillispie
in Cleveland, and Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this