Coronavirus in Ohio Tuesday update: 2,199 cases reported, 55 deaths

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During Monday’s briefing, Governor DeWine announced the order keeping children out of K-12 schools will be extended through May 1

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Dr. Amy Acton provided an update on the state’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus Tuesday afternoon.

As of Tuesday, there are 2,199 cases reported with 585 hospitalizations. A total of 55 deaths have been reported. Dr. Acton says the number of positive cases reflects the fact that the state still has limited testing available.

Mahoning County had the most deaths in the state, with nine.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 153 positive coronavirus cases in Mahoning County and, seventy people in the county are hospitalized.

In Trumbull County, there were 50 cases of coronavirus requiring 26 hospitalizations. The county recorded three deaths. Columbiana County had two deaths, nine hospitalizations and 15 total cases, according to the State Department of Health.

Among the deaths reported in Ohio are two healthcare workers.

Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced a new order requiring organizations with ventilators or similar devices to report them to the state.

The Ohio EPA issued an order Tuesday preventing water from being shut off due to nonpayment during the state of emergency. Any shutoffs dating back to January 1 will be turned back on.

DeWine also announced that JobsOhio will fund low-interest loans for small Southeast Ohio businesses hardest hit by the economic situation.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted said the state is continuing to add capacity to its unemployment system. He says those who have had challenges with the system will have benefits backdated.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said she believes we are using the best model available to make decisions. She says most modelers agree that social distancing is working.

Dr. Acton said social distancing is key and encouraged everyone to think about whether trips out are necessary.

During Monday’s briefing, Governor DeWine announced the order keeping children out of K-12 schools will be extended through May 1. It was also announced that the Ohio National Guard would be used to expand hospital capacity in the state.

According to Dr. Amy Acton, current modeling data shows the coronavirus peak will come in Ohio mid to late April.

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