Ohio health director: Stay in household units for foreseeable future

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton held their daily news conference on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday afternoon.

As of Tuesday, there were 13,725 confirmed and probable cases of the virus in the state. The cases range in age from infant to 106 years old with a median age of 50. The Ohio Department of Public Health said 557 have died from COVID-19. A total of 94,239 people have been tested in Ohio.

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus-related deaths:
-Cuyahoga: 64
-Mahoning: 54
-Hamilton: 39
-Franklin: 37
-Lucas: 36

“We don’t want to just flatten this curve. We want to stay ahead of the curve,” Acton said. “We are going to live with virus for a while to come, at least 18 months.”

Ohio’s top doctor said people should go to work, come home and limit trips to the grocery store to once a week. She also reminded residents to wear masks in public.

“We should still be in our clans for quite some time to come and the more we do that, I’m saving you, you’re saving me, this virus loves to spread,” Acton said. “These same things we’re doing now are still the same things we need to keep doing for at least a few months.”

DeWine announced the formation of a testing strike team that will be led by two former Ohio governors: Dick Celeste and Bob Taft. The pair will work to expand and maximize the testing available in the state.

“They know how to get things done and they know how to make things happen,” DeWine said.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation board of directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers to ease the impact of coronavirus. More than 170,000 checks will be sent over the next five days. About $1.4 billion will go to private employers and nearly $200 million to counties, cities, townships and schools.

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