The last few weeks across the world have been a whirlwind due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Information seems to be coming at us at a pace never seen before.
As such, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is holding daily briefings at 2pm along with other government officials and agencies across the nation.
To help you filter through hours of press conferences and releases, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about your essential and non-essential services and community whereabouts during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Note: Ohio residents are still under the stay-at-home-order as schools, parks, libraries, and other public places remain closed. The order is set to expire on Monday but it’s expected that Governor DeWine will be extending it soon.
1. March comes to a close but COVID-19 has not…
Updated #COVID19 data for #Ohio just posted to https://t.co/3lWx4IRScb. These numbers are believed to be low.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
➡️ Confirmed fatalities: 55
➡️ Confirmed cases: 2,199#InThisTogetherOhio#StayHomeOhio#COVID19OhioReady pic.twitter.com/aP4xpYIo54
2. Ohio COVID-19 age range / gender as of 3/31
3. Ohio COVID-19 coronavirus cases by county as of 3/31
4. Ohio coronavirus deaths by county as of 3/31
5. Ohio COVID-19 hospitalizations as of 3/31
6. Stimulus Checks are on the way!
9. Ohio Primary Election Set For April 28th
Ohio voting for the 2020 Primary has been extended. The deadline for voting by mail is April 27th. Note the Primary will take place on April 28th NOT the June date previously announced by the Governor.
10. Ohio school buildings ordered to stay closed until May 31st – Virtual Lessons ensue.
11. 29,191 individuals tested in #Ohio.
12. COVID-19 Around Ohio as of 3/31
13. Why #SocialDistancing is essential?
.@DrAmyActon: What we are doing now will get us out of this faster and back to work faster. I feel confident that we are using the best modeling possible. All models agree that #SocialDistancing is essential. pic.twitter.com/ttFrvMGDqs— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
14. Ohio Department of Health Still Need More Supplies.
15. Concerns still grow as limited testing is still a challenge.
Right now, the system can process approximately 200 tests per day, but when the infrastructure is fully built up over the coming days, the goal is to process more than 1,000 test swabs per day.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
16. But new rapid COVID-19 tests are on the way!
.@Battelle and @OSUWexMed have jointly developed a new rapid, sensitive diagnostic COVID-19 test. The new rapid test will allow for fast turnaround time on test results, which will help #FlattenTheCurve.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
17. Thanks to Battelle, Ohio is leading in N95 mask sterilization!
This decontamination of #N95 masks is happening today in one of our Battelle #CCDS Critical Care Decontamination Systems#ItCanBeDone #BattelleCCDS #inthistogether #flattenthecurve #PPE pic.twitter.com/m92nTiYhog— Battelle (@Battelle) March 31, 2020
19. For those who need utility assistance:
20. Need utilities re-instated?
For those who are eligible to get their water reinstated, they must call their water utility to request the reinstatement. The reconnection will happen without any fees. However, it doesn’t excuse people from paying the bill, you will still need to pay your bill moving forward— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
21. For Small Businesses:
The #CARESAct established the new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.— SBA (@SBAgov) March 31, 2020
With $349 billion in emergency capital cleared, SBA and The U.S. Department of the Treasury begin an unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds to help small businesses.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (#CARESAct) established a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.
The new program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.
22. More Business Resorces:
23. Governor DeWine addresses issues with Ohio’s unemployment compensation system
So, for all of you who have had challenges with the unemployment systems, your voices are being heard and they're being acted on. Even if you have trouble, your benefits will be backdated to the date that you became eligible.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
I was assured that they are putting 180 new people in the call center - they must first be trained. Also, @OhioBWC will train and lend some of their employees to this effort.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 31, 2020
25. Ohio BMV Update:
Did you know? You can do all of the following ONLINE at https://t.co/hTXbMph2Wt - vehicle registration, sign up to go paperless, check availability of specialty plates, driving records, reinstatement requirement fees, check status of registration, and more!! pic.twitter.com/JMrAtp0ze9— OHBureauMotorVehicle (@Ohio_BMV) March 30, 2020
Effective March 19, the Ohio BMV will be closing 181 deputy registrar locations and 52 driver examination stations until further notice. Five locations will remain open to provide CDL testing and licensing services. More info at http://bmv.ohio.gov
26. Ohio State Parks Remain Open
27. Mental Heath Services:
29. Federal tax filing deadline extended to July 15th
#IRS Update: The tax filing due date is extended from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers -- individuals, corporations, other non-corporate filers and those who pay self-employment tax -- can also defer income tax payments. Seehttps://t.co/ZjlX4Notg8 pic.twitter.com/Dc4tk6B9pX— IRS Small Biz (@IRSsmallbiz) March 21, 2020
30. State of Ohio tax filing deadline extended to July 15th
31. Still need to do your taxes?
#SocialIsolation doesn’t mean you can’t claim your tax refund. #IRSFreeFile offers people who made $69K or less in 2019 tax software to do their taxes from a home computer or mobile device. Get started at https://t.co/3byJqk9fiF #IRS pic.twitter.com/2YtIYSUzyH— IRSnews (@IRSnews) March 31, 2020
Due to the #COVID19 outbreak, #IRS is postponing payments related to Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise and limiting other enforcement actions. See https://t.co/hEEWmgHA9V pic.twitter.com/MUoSDEy3sH— IRSnews (@IRSnews) March 27, 2020
If you filed a 2019 #IRS income tax return and scheduled a payment for April 15, the payment will NOT be automatically rescheduled to July 15, 2020. Learn how to or and reschedule your payment with Q&As on filing and payment deadlines: https://t.co/hEEWmgHA9V #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/jHXYxnqH7g— IRSnews (@IRSnews) March 31, 2020
35. Judges stop Ohio from banning abortions during COVID-19 pandemic
ICYMI: Yesterday we filed a lawsuit to preserve access to essential, time-sensitive abortion care. The judge agreed-temporarily banning OH officials from restricting abortion access during #COVID19. Huge team effort @PretermCLE @PPAOhio @ACLU @PPFA 🎉👏🏾https://t.co/K8wnokgmbz— ACLU of Ohio (@acluohio) March 31, 2020
36. Planned Parenthood remains open
In this unprecedented crisis, our doors remain open, and we are continuing to see patients at our health centers with appropriate screening precautions in place. The health and safety of our patients are our top priority. Visit https://t.co/ckObVOWex5 to schedule an appointment. pic.twitter.com/4RbmPqnatd— Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (@PPGreaterOH) March 31, 2020
Preterm, along with other Ohio providers, is asking a federal judge to prevent Ohio politicians from taking away access to abortion care in our state. Now, when patients need us most, Preterm is dedicated to defending the right to abortion. #covid19 @acluohio @PPGreaterOH @PPSWO pic.twitter.com/mvLzq0pxSy— Abortion is still legal in Ohio (@PretermCLE) March 30, 2020
At @PretermCLE, providers aren't only safeguarding patients against #coronavirus, but against an assault on their reproductive rights: anti-#abortion groups are pushing lawmakers to ban abortions as "elective procedures.” My latest for @InStyle: https://t.co/C3CB6VRFEP— Kaelyn Forde (@kaelynforde) March 30, 2020
39. Ohio prison coronavirus updates:
In today's presser @GovMikeDeWine acknowledged that he is "looking" at releasing some prisoners on a case-by-case basis. Wholesale changes to reduce our prison population would be best, but this is progress. Expecting more info tomorrow. https://t.co/RSQ1LokuSh— ACLU of Ohio (@acluohio) March 31, 2020
There are many different ages and health conditions of prisoners in local jails. An assessment should be done to determine if jail inmates who are high-risk for #COVID19 can safely be released in an effort to safeguard others who are in jail. --Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 19, 2020
41. Ohio prisons are now working to make #PPE or personal protective equipment.
They will be able to start making cough masks – similar to surgical masks -- soon and will be able to make 5,000 a day up to a total of 2 million.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 30, 2020