COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)-- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton provided an update on the coronavirus crisis in the state during a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ohio now has 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 24 counties, according to the Ohio Department of Health's latest report released Thursday afternoon. Of those, 33 are hospitalized. Acton said 43 are females and 76 are males. Onset dates are from Feb. 7 to March 18.
"Viruses do not discriminate. They love us all equally," Acton said.
DeWine is issuing an order to expand medical and behavioral telehealth services in the state. This is to allow more patients to talk to experts over the phone without going to the hospital or doctors' offices.
Here's the latest from DeWine:
-Ordered closure of Internet cafes.
- Food is not going to run out at grocery stores. The grocery supply chain is operating well.
- People should not travel. Anyone returning home to Ohio should avoid contact with those outside their household.
- Rumors about martial law and quarantining everyone in Ohio in their homes are false.
- Ohio National Guard will be helping food banks. They will be carrying groceries, not weapons.
- Businesses that can't check temperatures of employees should asked them to take their own temperatures at home.
The governor also asked Ohioans to put out their American or Ohio flag as a sign of solidarity.
Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor addressed several topics in the state's judicial system. She said courts must be open to address emergency and time-sensitive matters, but they can be closed to the public for non-essential purposes. She asked local courts and jails to consider releasing inmates who are high risk for the virus.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he sat in on a call with President Donald Trump.
"They did commit that they are working with the private sector for a new supply of masks, tests, and ventilators."
Cases by Ohio county: