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Ohio coronavirus update: 4,450 confirmed cases, 142 deaths; National Guard to assist at Elkton prison

The state's extended stay-at-home order will go into effect at midnight tonight.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a rare off day on Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton held a briefing on Monday with the latest on the state's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Ohio Department of Health reports that there are now 4,450 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. 142 people have died and another 1,214 have been hospitalized.

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On Monday, Gov. DeWine announced that he will call out members of the Ohio National Guard to assist in helping stop the spread of COVID-19 at the federal prison in Elkton. Three inmates died last week. 

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Monday marks the day that the state's extended stay-at-home policy is due to take effect until May 1. The new provisions include the following: 

  • Any person entering Ohio from out of state is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • A restriction on the number of people allowed at essential establishments that remain open.
  • A board to evaluate and render guidance in situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business.
  • Weddings are permitted, although any receptions are required to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Campgrounds closed with the exception of situations where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as somebody’s permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.
  • Ohio State Parks remain open, but the director can take action to enforce the orders that have been issued.

Ohio’s stay-at-home order still allows for essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, to remain open. Citizens are permitted to leave their residencies for the following reasons:

  • health and safety
  • necessary supplies
  • outdoor activity

DeWine also announced that six facilities in Ohio will be used as off-site medical facilities to help deal with the anticipated surge of coronavirus cases. 

  • Seagate Convention Center, Lucas Co
  • Case Western University’s Health Education Campus, Cuyahoga Co 
  • Dayton Convention Center, Montgomery Co
  • Covelli Convention Ctr, Mahoning Co
  • Duke Energy Convention Ctr, Hamilton Co
  • Greater Columbus Convention Ctr, Franklin Co

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