Per Governor DeWine’s office:
There are now five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Ohio as officials announced a series of new orders to prevent the spread.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton held a news conference on the updates on Thursday. Acton said they expect the virus to peak from late April to mid May.
Acton said the newest case is a Trumbull County man, who is quarantined with his wife and children.
“We must treat this like what is it and that is a crisis,” DeWine said.
DeWine said there is now a ban on mass gatherings of 100 or more people. It includes auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias, parades, fairs and festivals.
This excludes airports, hospitals, shopping malls, typical office environments, restaurants and grocery stores. The order does not apply to religious gatherings and gathering for exercising First Amendment protected speech. There is no time frame on when the ban will end, DeWine said.
The governor also said all schools will be on an extended spring break, beginning at the end of the school day Monday and lasting until April 3. It applies to all K-12 public, private and charter schools. DeWine said the closure doesn’t apply to day care centers and home-based childcare providers.
DeWine said school districts should work to provide education through alternative means. Over the next 72 hours, the Ohio Department of Education will develop guidance for K-12 schools to ensure the continuation of important services, including meals.
The Ohio Department of Health will soon update its current order limiting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
“This is temporary. We will get back to normal in Ohio. It won’t happen overnight,” DeWine said.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
From Summit County Public Health:
What Can You Do:
• Get your flu vaccine.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often!
• Use disposable paper towels to dry hands.
• Don’t share toothbrushes.
• Stay away from people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• Get enough sleep.
• Eat healthy foods to boost your immune system.
• Clean/disinfect objects daily that are high-touch items like the TV remote, door handles, computer keyboard, sink handles and school desks.
• The CDC does not recommend wearing masks unless you are sick.
• Facemasks should be saved for people who are sick and healthcare staff taking care of patients.
• There is little benefit to wearing a facemask if you are not sick.
• Facemasks should be worn once then thrown away.