OHIO COVID-19 Update: September Summary, Prevalence Testing,
Updated Risk Levels, Worker Upskilling
Oct. 1, 2020: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and his administration
provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the
UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS:
New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found
that 11 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and
spread (Level 3): Ashland, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton,
Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Putnam, Richland, and
Scioto. Richland County is on the borderline of a Level 4
public emergency with severe exposure and spread.
"We have 11 red counties, which is more than we’ve seen at any
point in September," said Governor DeWine. "Although many
Ohioans are working hard to keep this virus in check,
unfortunately, we are seeing a rebound in some areas of the
state. This pandemic isn't over, so please continue to stay home
if you're sick, wear a mask when you're out, and keep at least
six feet between you and those outside of your household."
A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19
in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System's website.
New data summarizing cases, hospitalizations, and deaths
reported in Ohio's 88 counties so far in September are shown in
the map. The counties are ranked by cases per 100,000 people.
The results of the August 2020 TechCred Application period,
which set a record in approving 4,468 credentials through 288
Ohio companies: So far, a total of 983 Ohio employers have been
approved for reimbursement, which will yield as many as 11,941
technology-focused credentials for Ohioans.
On-air discussion with Dr. Abby Norris Turner of Ohio State
University. Dr. Norris Turner described the prevalence testing
Ohio State conducted on behalf of the Ohio Department of Health
in order to assess how many Ohioans have already contracted
COVID-19. The study was conducted over 20 days in July 2020 and
included a sample of 727 adults. The study showed that
approximately .9 percent of Ohioans were likely infected with
COVID-19 during the study, and approximately 1.5 percent had
prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies during the study period in
July. You will soon be able to access a summary of the study at coronavirus.ohio.gov and
viewing the Dashboard Overview page.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
coordinated efforts between Facebook
and T-Mobile that will provide Wi-Fi hotspots to
libraries in Southeast Ohio. These internet-enabled devices will
be available to patrons to check out in the same way they would
borrow a library book or film. The effort aims to give
opportunities for at-home internet usage for those who do not
have reliable access to broadband. Facebook donated the devices
at no charge and paid for 6 months of unlimited network usage on
the T-Mobile network. T-Mobile will fund an additional 6 months
of connectivity for the devices as well as help get the hotspots
ready for use and provide ongoing technical support.
LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE ELITE PROGRAM:
Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), Fifth-Third Bank, and
JobsOhio were recognized for offering financial support so 10
companies will be able to participate in the London Stock
Exchange ELITE program. ELITE will work with each of these
business owners to develop clear, actionable plans around
preparing for future growth, developing world-class strategy and
operational functions, and accessing regional and global capital
The London Stock Exchange’s ELITE Program is opening their first
headquarters in the Americas in Cleveland, Ohio, which Lt.
Governor Husted announced while on a business development
mission to the United Kingdom in 2019.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 155,314 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 4,817 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 15,606 people have been hospitalized, including 3,297
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