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Ohio coronavirus update: Tattoo, massage, piercing businesses can reopen May 15; USDA approves plan to give SNAP benefits to eligible students

There are more than 25,000 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. More than 1,400 have died.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton held a press conference on Tuesday with the latest on the state's response to COVID-19.

DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (OJFS) received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture for its Pandemic EBT plan. 

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The approval will allow for the distribution of SNAP benefits to 850,000 students across Ohio who relied on free or reduced-price meal programs when school was in session. Families will receive approximately $300 to purchase healthy and nutritious foods to feed their children.

Husted announced that tattoo, piercing and massage businesses, which have been closed since mid-March, have been given permission to reopen on May 15.

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DeWine added that he hopes to make an announcement on reopening swimming pools and summer activities at his next briefing on Thursday.

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According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are more than 25,000 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus in the state. 1,436 have died.

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