COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held his daily coronavirus news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday.
On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 22,131 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 1,271 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 555 cases, 46 deaths, 88 hospitalizations and 16 intensive care admissions were reported to the state health department.
Last month, DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted created advisory boards for each industry, comprised of business owners across the state, to create guidelines to best protect employees and customers.
“I am optimistic we can do this. We are Ohioans. We’re going to get through this. I look forward to many, many days in the future as we continue to open other sectors and as we continue to take care of each other,” DeWine said.
No reopening dates were set for gyms. DeWine said an announcement about childcare is coming on Monday. Campgrounds will also be announced in the next several days.
DeWine asked the younger population to be mindful of the older people in their lives and those with health conditions.
“This is high risk. This is a high risk operation. But it would be high risk if we didn’t do anything,” DeWine said. He also said it’s high risk to do nothing and expect we can keep the economy closed. “Make those calculated risks, make those good judgments. Because what you do will really impact our ability to keep as many as our fellow Ohioans safe.”
Previously announced under the governor’s plan, manufacturers, distributors, construction and general office environments were permitted to open back up on May 4. Consumer, retail and services can open again on May 12.
The governor was asked about proposed legislation that would limit the powers of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. He said he will veto it.
“I don’t understand why anyone who think this is a good time to be changing the law,” DeWine said. “Health concerns are historically that the executive branch of the governor’s office will deal with.”
He reiterated he appointed Acton to his cabinet, repeating, “The buck stops with me.”
“This bill is not workable even if you support this bill,” DeWine said. He said it gives no standard for the court to follow. “It would be nothing, but chaos.”
There is no news conference planned on Friday.