COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted held a news conference with the latest details on the state's response to coronavirus.
DeWine rolled out a new health advisory called "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans" during Tuesday's briefing. "We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations. This is a new phase in our battle against COVID-19, and it is incumbent upon each of us to protect each other."
Ohioans Protecting Ohioans has five parts:
1. The new advisory incorporates six feet of social distancing; a limit of 10 people for mass gatherings; frequent hand-washing; and other sanitizing efforts.
2. It incorporates all of the business orders about social distancing and sanitation, including employees wearing masks, as well as efforts to protect employees and efforts to protect the public.
3. It considers the most vulnerable Ohioans as those who can suffer the worst impacts from the virus. The order strongly recommends that high-risk Ohioans stay at home as much as possible. They should avoid places where they are likely to encounter a lot of people.
4. The Urgent Health Advisory recommends (but does not require) all other Ohioans to stay at their place of residence when possible with the intent of lowering the rate of spread of COVID-19.
5. Previous orders limited travel restrictions, but these will now be lifted. While unnecessary travel within or outside of the state of Ohio is still permitted, it is not encouraged.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that there are now nearly 29,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state. 1,790 Ohioans have died.
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