COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH are holding a briefing to discuss the latest efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in the state.
As of Monday, there are 6,975 cases reported, leading to 274 deaths. A total of 2,033 people have been hospitalized, 613 in critical care.
Governor DeWine applauded the use of antibody testing, but cautioned people to make sure the test they are receiving is FDA-approved.
DeWine announced the death of an inmate at Pickaway Correctional. The inmate died over the weekend, and a COVID-19 test came back positive on Monday. This is the first death of a state inmate.
The governor said the Ohio National Guard will assist medical staff at Pickaway.
An order was issued Monday restricting the sale of liquor in counties bordering Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has closed its liquor stores, prompting people to come across the border to purchase. Those counties will now require an Ohio ID at state liquor agencies.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted says $5 million of emergency funding is coming for Ohio’s food banks. $1 millionm of that is earmarked for purchasing food from Ohio farmers.