COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted provided an update on coronavirus during a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday. They will not have another news conference until Tuesday.
DeWine said he spoke with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to clarify the rules to allow pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests. The state is adding a map that lists testing locations here.
The governor announced intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities and assisted living facilities can begin allowing outdoor visits on June 8. This does not apply to nursing homes. DeWine said they considered the impact on quality of life, requests from families and residents, and consultation with advocates in the decision to move forward with outdoor visitation.
The governor also discussed county and independent fairs. He said those decisions should be made at the local level because each event presents its own challenges. The state is also asking all fair boards to comply with the Ohio Department of Health orders for other sectors, like foodservice.
The Ohio Department of Health said there were 33,915 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, and 2,098 deaths in the state. In the last 24 hours, 476 cases, 54 deaths, 111 hospitalizations and 24 intensive care unit admissions were reported to the state health department.
Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:
- Franklin: 5,566
- Cuyahoga: 4,211
- Marion: 2,642
- Hamilton: 2,555
- Lucas: 2,178
Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:
- Franklin: 253
- Lucas: 240
- Cuyahoga: 226
- Mahoning: 173
- Summit: 172