COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The state of Ohio requested $3.1 billion in borrowing authority from the U.S. Department of Labor. DeWine said that total exceeds what we think we will need to pay out benefits. Other states, including California and Texas, have also had to borrow for their unemployment insurance obligation.
DeWine also announced $1 million in grant funding to local Family and Children First Councils, which serve some of the state’s most vulnerable children. According to the governor, these grants will help children access medical care and connect with loved ones.
DeWine said another prison employee in the state of Ohio has died from coronavirus. Terry Loomis, 62, of Conneaut, worked at Lake Erie Correctional Institution for 18 years.
The governor also discussed a series of pop-up coronavirus test sites across the state.
The Ohio Department of Health said there were 42,010 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state with 2,597 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 434 cases, 24 deaths, 59 hospitalizations and eight intensive care unit admissions were reported to the state health department.
Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:
- Franklin: 7,289
- Cuyahoga: 5,271
- Hamilton: 3,316
- Marion: 2,712
- Lucas: 2,460
Ohio counties with most coronavirus deaths:
- Franklin: 334
- Cuyahoga: 318
- Lucas: 286
- Mahoning: 218
- Summit: 196