In an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order closing adult day services for people with disabilities.
DeWine said that the order comes after deliberation with different providers and actions to ensure that those affected by the closures will still be able to get the help that they need. Smaller group settings of 10 or fewer people will still be allowed.
DeWine's order is the latest in a series that have been issued since the first positive case of the coronavirus was discovered in Ohio on March 9. In addition to adult day services, DeWine has issued orders to ban mass gatherings of 50 or more people, as well as the closures of various entities including bars and restaurants, gyms, hair salons, senior citizen day care, movie theaters and BMVs. Additionally, Ohio schools K-12 will be closed for at least three weeks, and likely longer.
As of Saturday, Ohio has found 247 confirmed coronavirus cases, 58 of which have resulted in hospitalization and three deaths. Other .deaths related to the virus remain under investigation.