UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS:
DeWine released this week's Ohio
Public Health Advisory System map. New health data
compiled by the Ohio Department of Health indicates that six
counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread.
This is the lowest number of Level 3 counties since the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System was developed. In addition, 76
counties have remained at a consistent level, which is the
lowest movement between levels that Ohio has experienced.
"While we do have good news in today’s alert map, this does not
give us the green light to change our behavior. It’s only
through the interventions that we’ve put in place that we have
been able to make these strides," said DeWine. "Please continue
to wear a mask, stay home when you can, and refrain from
gatherings, especially indoors."
Detailed information all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on
Public Health Advisory System's website. The system
was developed to provide local health departments, community
leaders, and the public with data and information on the
severity of the COVID-19 spread in the counties in which they
live. The system consists of four levels with specific risk-level
guidelines. Each level is calculated with data
gathered on seven
public health indicators.
K-12 CASE REPORTING:
DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will
be issuing an order that requires K-12 schools to establish a
mechanism for parents and guardians to report confirmed cases of
COVID-19 among their children.
Schools should notify parents/guardians in writing about each
case and include as much information as possible without
disclosing protected health information. Schools should also
make non-identifying information about positive COVID-19 cases
"Prompt reporting will help prevent potential further spread
among students and staff," said Governor DeWine. "Knowing this
information can help parents make informed decisions in regard
to risks and exposure for their families.”
The forthcoming order will also direct all K-12 schools to
report confirmed cases to their local health department, which
will then report new cases and cumulative case data for students
and teachers to the Ohio Department of Health. This aggregate
data will be published at coronavirus.ohio.gov each
SPORTS ORDER MODIFICATION:
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the current sports order has
been modified to clarify that participants shall not compete in
more than one contest or game in any calendar day, as compared
to the 24-hour period outlined in the original order. The goal
of this adjustment in language is to assist organizers and teams
when scheduling games or contests.
ASSISTED LIVING TESTING PAUSE:
DeWine announced today that Ohio is pausing its work to test
residents and staff at assisted living facilities through saliva
testing instead of nasal swabs due to inconsistent test results.
The Ohio Department of Health will investigate the issue through
controlled validation testing to determine if the irregularities
can be attributed to the test kits themselves, the labs, or the
specimen collection process.
DUPLICATE PAYMENTS IDENTIFIED:
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Ohio Office of Budget and
Management (OBM) and InnovateOhio have identified an
additional 38 duplicate payments, totaling $93,978 in savings,
using the InnovateOhio
Duplicate Payment Tool.
In total, $1.1 million in savings have been identified since
this project launched. Today’s update brings the total number of
confirmed duplicate payments to 145 since January 2019, across
29 different agencies, boards, and commissions.
OBM works with agencies to ensure that all duplicate payments
TECH CRED REMINDER:
Lt. Governor Husted reminded employers about the TechCred
program, which reimburses businesses to upskill their current
and prospective employees. The current August round ends on
August 31 at 3 p.m. Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for
more information or to apply.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 118,828 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 4,076 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 13,150 people have been hospitalized, including 2,929
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 translation, 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