Coronavirus Update: Stay at Home Extended, Record Unemployment Claims & More
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If you have watched Governor Mike DeWine’s daily coronavirus press conference updates in the last few days, you probably have caught on to hints that the governor and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton would be extending the previous Stay at Home order for Ohioans.
Today, the governor confirmed that Ohioans would be asked to stay at home outside of essential activities and jobs until Friday, May 1. Previously, the Stay at Home order was set to expire Monday, April 6.
In addition, the new order gives guidance to retailers to configure, set and disclose a maximum number of occupants in stores that will allow customers at least 6 feet of space, and a mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people, aligning with CDC guidelines.
In response to the changing temperatures and warm weather to come, day camps, campgrounds (with some exceptions), public pools and organized sports facilities have been ordered closed.
The full order can be found here.
In Ohio, there are now just over 2,900 cases of COVID-19 and 81 deaths. In Franklin County, there are now 441 cases and five deaths.
Thursday, April 2 also saw numbers come in for unemployment claims. For the week ending March 28, 272,117 claims were filed with the state of Ohio, according to state job data. The week ending March 14 saw 196,297 claims, a 3,183% percent change from the same week in 2019.
The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services amended its Prevention, Retention and Contingency Program, which will provide eligible families with $500 in one-time cash assistance to help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and assist with emergent needs.
Families must reside in Franklin County, have at least one child and/or a pregnant woman in the household, and have a gross household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Find more information here.
The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention in Milwaukee until the week of Aug. 17. Republicans, for now, still plan to gather Aug. 24 to 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.