With “orders kept safe” rather than orders staying at home, Governor Mike DeWine said Ohio had “reached a new stage.”
The order – signed Thursday night by Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, and entered into force Friday – easing some restrictions in line with the state which is gradually reopening Friday.
It took effect on Friday – the same day the Mahoning and Trumbull countries reported a large increase in reported cases.
New Ohio Secure Order ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 29
But DeWine said, “Don’t read too much about that date. We will issue new orders throughout the month. No one should be too fixated on that date. “
Orders to stay at home expire at 11:59 p.m. Friday. There are many exceptions for workers who are considered important to let them leave their homes for work and also people who are outside to get food, gas, medical care, recipes and other needs and walk around, among other things .
Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted said, “the change of words was intentional. This is the transition to the next phase of how we will live our lives. “
He acknowledged that he did not “expect all Ohio citizens to do the right thing because the order said so. We have to set standards to protect the vulnerable. “
The new policy states that people must “live at home or in their residence except as permitted in this order,” and that requires “social distance of at least six feet from others with the exception of family or household members.”
Reduced restrictions, DeWine said, with the state reopening non-emergency health procedures in hospitals that did not require overnight stays and allowed dentist and veterinarian offices to open Friday; factory opening, distribution, construction and general office Monday; and consumers, retail, and some service businesses are permitted to open May 12.
New orders also allow retail stores, starting at 11:59 a.m. Friday, to offer curbside pickup or delivery and limit operations to 10 customers at once based on appointments only.
“People can shop if they call and make appointments in places like jewelry stores,” DeWine said. On May 12, “they can go to any store that is open. It comes. We have best practices, and we are sure every store that will open will follow best practices.”
Restaurants are still not permitted to offer dinners and businesses such as bars, daycare, hair and nail salons, entertainment and sports venues, adult day care centers, libraries and fitness centers are not permitted to reopen. Also, groups of more than 10 were unable to gather, and the K-12 school building was closed for the rest of the school year.
Advisory groups for several businesses are trying to get them reopened, DeWine said. While no date is set for Friday, he said he expects next week’s announcement of the reopening of restaurants and hair salons.
“The aim is to bring together people working in these sectors to determine the best way to reopen,” DeWine said.
The governor added, “I know some of you think we are not moving fast enough. Some people think we are too fast. We are trying to fix it.”
COVID DATA 19
On Friday, the state surpassed 1,000 reported COVID-19 deaths by 1,002 – up from 975 Thursday.
Two COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday in Mahoning County.
No new deaths were reported Friday in the country of Trumbull or Columbiana.
On Friday, Mahoning had 82 deaths. There are still 31 fatalities in Trumbull and 24 in Columbiana district. That’s a total of 137 COVID-19 deaths in three districts on Friday.
Ohio confirmed 18,743 cases of the virus on Friday, up from 18,027 Thursday.
Across the state, 3,634 people were hospitalized on Friday due to the virus, up from 3,533 Thursday.
There were 1,056 people in the intensive care unit, up from 1,035 Thursday.
Mahoning District recorded 859 cases and 245 hospitalizations on Friday, up from 828 and 243, respectively, Thursday. 31 additional cases Friday were the biggest daily increase in Mahoning since last Saturday’s surge of 39 cases from the previous day.
Mahoning continues to have the seventh most cases and the fifth highest number of hospitalizations in the state – unchanged since April 24.
There were 324 cases and 140 hospitalizations in Trumbull County on Friday, up from 308 and 138, respectively, Thursday. 16 additional cases Friday were the biggest daily increase for Trumbull since April 8 when it posted an increase of 19 cases.
Trumbull continues to have the 11 most cases and seventh was hospitalized in Ohio – unchanged since April 23.
Columbiana County had 267 cases and 101 hospitalizations Friday, up from 253 and 98 the day before. Columbiana still has 14 most cases and the eighth most hospitalized. That hasn’t changed since Sunday.
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