Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 Update: Nursing Home Order, Liquor
Sales, TANF Funding, Rapid Testing, Prison Update
April 12, 2020: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor
Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, provided the
following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NURSING HOME ORDER:
Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of
Health issued an order requiring long-term care facilities to
notify residents and families within 24 hours of a resident or
staff member testing positive for COVID-19.
"The Ohio Department of Health had been strongly encouraging
facilities to notify families all along, but this order makes
this notification mandatory," said Governor DeWine. "Families of
long-term care residents have a right to know if individuals at
these facilities are sick."
Governor DeWine also announced that a list of long-term care
facilities with positive COVID-19 cases will be listed on coronavirus.ohio.gov as
the information becomes available.
LIQUOR SALES: On
March 16, 2020, the State of Pennsylvania closed its state-owned
liquor stores in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, multiple border counties in West Virginia have
relatively recently prohibited sales of liquor to persons who do
not have West Virginia identification. This has pushed people
into Ohio’s border counties to purchase liquor and creates an
unacceptable public health issue.
In compliance with Ohio Department of Health orders designed to
prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the in-person sale of
liquor in the following counties is now restricted only to Ohio
residents: Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson,
For an individual to purchase liquor in the aforementioned
counties, that person must present a valid Ohio photo
identification or a valid military photo ID for a person on
active duty status.
Sale of liquor to a person with a valid non-Ohio photo ID may
only occur with additional information showing that the person
resides in Ohio, including mail with the person’s name and Ohio
address on it, a bill with the person’s name and Ohio address on
it, or a letter from an employer placing the person in Ohio as
an essential employee.
TANF FUNDING TO OHIO FOODBANKS:
Today, Lt. Governor Husted highlighted an executive order,
signed by Governor DeWine on Friday, that provides nearly $5
million in emergency funding from the Temporary Assistance to
Needy Families (TANF) block grant to support Ohio’s 12 Feeding
America foodbanks and the statewide hunger relief network.
According to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the funding will
be used to purchase available items such as canned fruits and
vegetables; canned meats; cereals, pastas and rice; boxed
dinners; locally grown produce; locally produced milk, butter,
cheese and dairy products through partnerships with the Ohio
Dairy Producers Association, Dairy Farmers of America – Mideast
Area and the National Farmers Organization; fresh meat and eggs;
and essential household cleaning and personal hygiene items.
Of this funding, $1 million is earmarked for the Agricultural
Clearance Program, where the Ohio Association of Food banks will
purchase Ohio-made commodities, such as milk, to distribute to
foodbanks across the state.
An additional $1 million has been granted to the Coalition on
Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to help Ohio's homeless
shelters purchase needed cleaning supplies and provide
homelessness prevention and housing services.