Coronavirus in Ohio update: 29,436 cases, 1,781 deaths reported

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UPDATE 7:25 PM 5/20: Late Wednesday, Gov. DeWine announced Dr. Acton has signed new health orders, modifying and rescinding parts of the Stay Safe Ohio order and issuing the Ohioans Protecting Ohioans urgent health advisory.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released its latest update on coronavirus case numbers in Ohio.

No briefing is planned Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, there are 29,436 cases reported across the state, leading to 1,781 deaths and 5,198 hospitalizations. Of those hospitalized. 1,369 required intensive care.

The Department of Health adds the data as soon as they are informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.

Governor DeWine Tuesday announced a new order, called ‘Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans protecting Ohioans.’ He says it is time for the state’s health orders to reflect where we are today.

DeWine says what was previously stay-home orders are now ‘strong recommendations.’

The new advisory incorporates social distancing, limit of 10 people for mass gatherings, frequent hand washing and includes orders for businesses.

The advisory considers those who are most vulnerable. It recommends these Ohioans stay home as much as possible.

DeWine called on Ohioans’ sense of responsibility and concern for others. The new order strongly recommends Ohioans stay home, but does not require it.

Travel restrictions are also being lifted. It is still not recommended to travel for nonessential reasons, but it is not restricted.

Last week, the DeWine administration laid out the following scheduled through the end of May for reopening remaining businesses across the state:

  • Campgrounds can reopen on May 21
  • Horse racing can resume May 22, spectators will be prohibited
  • BMVs will open across the state on May 26; Ohioans are encouraged to use the online resources if at all possible
  • Gyms, fitness centers and pools can reopen on May 26
  • Day camps will be allowed to reopen right along with daycares, on May 31
  • Guidance for the above reopenings will be posted to coronavirus.ohio.gov later today

These reopening dates are in addition to the first phase of reopening Ohio’s economy:

  • May 15 – outdoor dining
  • May 15 – personal services (salons, spas, massage therapy, tattoo and piercing services)
  • May 21 – indoor dining

Water parks and amusement parks do not have a reopening date at this time.

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