COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton provided an update on the coronavirus outbreak at 2 p.m. Thursday.
As of Thursday, there were 8,414 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state. The Ohio Department of Health said there 389 deaths and 2,331 hospitalizations because of the virus.
“Ohioans have done a great job, you all have done a phenomenal job,” DeWine said. “You have, it would appear, flattened the curve.”
He said we are fighting a war on two fronts: the health crisis and the economic crisis.
DeWine said they are looking to reopen some businesses on May 1. It will start with companies that can set up protocols for protecting employees and customers, including enforcing 6-foot physical distancing and mandatory masks.
“This will be phased in because we have to measure how we’re doing as we go,” DeWine said.
DeWine was asked if the stay-at-home order will be lifted and schools will open back up on May 1, and if businesses will have to apply to reopen. He did not have specifics, adding he just had a briefing with the economic advisory board Thursday morning.
As the state reopens, officials will continue to monitor the amount of personal protective equipment, testing capacity and the curve.
He said we’re going to be seeing masks everywhere in public, wiping surfaces and physical distance as part of our new reality.