As Ohio continues to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Mike DeWine has issued a hiring freeze in state government.

Exceptions for the freeze include exceptions for positions that provide a direct response to the coronavirus, safety and security, as well as direct care or institutional services. Additionally, the freeze on state employee travel remains in effect, with exceptions for those staff providing direct response to the coronavirus.

DeWine also said that he has ordered the state's agencies to cut unnecessary spending up to 20 percent for the remainder of this fiscal year and the next fiscal year. DeWine's administration has also pulled back spending requests for a variety of projects.

DeWine's order comes just hours before a stay at home order in Ohio is set to go in effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. As of Monday, 442 positive coronavirus cases have been found in Ohio, 104 of which have resulted in hospitalization and 6 of which have resulted in deaths.

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