COLUMBUS, (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will hold their daily briefing on the coronavirus outbreak at 2 p.m. on Monday.
On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health said there were 1,933 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. Of the 475 hospitalizations, 163 people were in the intensive care unit. The virus has caused 39 deaths in Ohio. Acton said 18 percent of the confirmed cases are in health care workers.
DeWine asked all Ohio hospitals to send samples to neighboring hospitals that do quick testing or to the department of health. He said he doesn’t think it’s acceptable to wait five to six days for results.
DeWine announced an order that extends the closure of K-12 schools through May 1, when it will be reevaluated.
Prisons in the Ohio Department of Corrections are working to make personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers. DeWine said so far, inmates have made 500 hospital gowns. Once they have the materials, inmates will be able to make up to 5,000 cough masks a day and 1,460 gallons of hand sanitizer.
DeWine and Ohio National Guard General John Harris said residents will see an increasing number of guard members in their communities as they help build out hospital capacity.
Coronavirus deaths by Ohio county: