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Coronavirus Update: DeWine to Issue 21-Day Curfew

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: DeWine to Issue 21-Day Curfew
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 342 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, Nov. 16. And as of Tuesday, Nov. 17, 33,242 total cases and 494 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.

In Franklin County at large, 465 cases were reported on Monday. Countywide, 46,568 total cases and 677 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.

In Ohio, 7,079 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Statewide, 312,443 total cases and 5,772 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, up from 267,356 cases and 5,623 deaths last week, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 208,945 Ohioans are presumed recovered.

Governor to Issue Statewide Curfew

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced a curfew in Ohio that will start Thursday, Nov. 19 and run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 21 days, with exceptions including carryout and delivery, grocery stores, and pharmacies.

The official order can be found here. It clarifies that the order doesn’t apply to residents that are homeless, and that individuals who feel unsafe or become unsafe in their homes — as is often the case with domestic violence victims — are encouraged to leave their homes and stay at a safe, alternative location.

The governor said local law enforcement would be in charge of compliance, but would not be using a “heavy hand” to do so. However, non-compliance could result in a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries not more than a $750 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

This follows a reissued mask order and enhanced mass gathering order, and the continued record-breaking increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Friday, Nov. 13 saw the state’s highest number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in a 24 hour period: 8,071. And Tuesday is the fourth consecutive day of record Ohio COVID hospitalizations, with 3,648 — up from 3,387 yesterday. A month ago, that number was just above 1,000.

The Governor also shared a graphic dispelling myths that an increase in cases is the result of an increase in testing. Graphic via the Ohio Department of Health.

The governor said he would not be ruling out a shutdown, and that after 21 days his office would revisit the curfew and the virus’ spread across the state.

More Updates

Metro Parks Requiring Masks — Effective Monday, Nov. 16, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks has announced that all employees and visitors are required to wear a mask while in a Metro Park, with exceptions per the state’s mask order. Metro Parks has also asked visitors to adhere to social distancing of six feet or more from individuals outside of one’s household.

Hospitals Returning to No-Visitor Policies — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth, and Mount Carmel Health will all temporarily issue no-visitor policies in inpatient and emergency departments starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. Exceptions and requirements echo no-visitor policies set earlier this year, such as end-of-life and maternity visits.

Zip Code Dashboard — On Thursday, Nov. 12, the governor announced the creation of a new zip code dashboard, where Ohioans can view data from their local communities. Case counts for zip codes with fewer than five cases or less than 100 total residents will not be displayed.

Governor DeWine also announced a new flu dashboard that expands the statewide data that ODH shares on seasonal flu activity each year.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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