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1,030,864 cases in Ohio; 430,860 in Kentucky; 693,452 in Indiana

Coronavirus latest: 1,030,864 cases in Ohio; 430,860 in Kentucky; 693,452 in Indiana



>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. TODAY, WE KICKOFF OUR EFFORTS TO VACCINATE EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT IN THE STATE OF OHIO WHO WANTS TO BE VACCINATED. OUR GOAL IS TO DO THAT THIS MONTH, THE MONTH OF APRIL. JUST AS WE DID TEACHERS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. WE WERE AT OHIO STATE TODAY, AT THE CENTER, TO KICK OFF THIS BIG EFFORT. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO A NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE BEING VACCINATED. IT IS ALWAYS INTERESTING TO HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. SOME SAID THEY WANTED TO GET THEIR LIFE BACK TO NORMAL. SOME SAID THEY WANTED TO HAVE A NORMAL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. SOME TALKED ABOUT THEIR SUMMER JOB. THEY WERE GETTING READY TO — THAT THEY WERE GETTING READY TO GO TO. GETTING PREPARED FOR THAT. THEY TALKED ABOUT SEEING THEIR GRANDPARENTS. OR SOMEBODY ELSE IN THEIR FAMILY. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO TALK TO YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WERE GETTING THERE SHUT FOR A REASON. THEY WERE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC. — SHOT FOR A REASON. THEY WERE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC. OHIO STATE CONTINUES TO DO A VERY GOOD JOB. WE WENT TO 15 DIFFERENT VACCINATION SITES AROUND THE STATE. EACH ONE IS UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT, BUT THEY ARE DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB. — DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB. VERY IMPRESSIVE. LET’S TURN TO HIGH SCHOOLS FOR A MOMENT, WITH REGARD TO VACCINATIONS. THIS MORNING, I SPOKE TO OUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT. AS I DO EVERY MONDAY MORNING. MOSTLY LISTENING MORE THAN IT IS TALKING. BUT I ASKED THEM TO REACH OUT TO THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS, IN REGARD TO THE VACCINATION OF 16-YEAR-OLDS, 17-YEAR-OLDS, AND 18-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. WE WOULD LIKE TO GET AS MANY OF THEM THAT WANT TO BE VACCINATED VACCINATED, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IT BEFORE SCHOOL IS OUT THIS YEAR. SO, PFIZER OF COURSE IS THE ONLY VACCINE THAT CAN BE USED TO REACH THE 16-17-YEAR-OLDS. WE KNOW SOME OF HER HEALTH DEPARTMENTS HAVE STARTED IN THIS WORK. — OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAVE STARTED IN THIS WORK. SOME OF THEM HAVE ALREADY MADE ARRANGEMENTS AND ARE WORKING WITH THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS TO DO THAT. WE ALSO KNOW SOME OF OUR CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS ARE DOING THAT AS WELL. WE THANK THEM. WE WOULD ALSO ASK OUR OTHER HOSPITALS TO REACH OUT TO THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL SCHOOLS. AND IF THERE IS A NEED FOR EXTRA PFIZER, AS THEY ARE TRYING TO REACH OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, TO VACCINATE THEM AT THE SCHOOL, THEN WE WOULD ASK THEM SIMPLY TO REACH OUT TO US, AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF THAT PFIZER. BECAUSE AGAIN, PFIZER IS THE ONLY VACCINE THAT CAN BE USED FOR THOSE 16 AND 17 YEARS OLD. OUR GOAL IS THE SAME AS IT FRANKLY IS WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND THAT IS TO GET AS MANY OF THEM VACCINATED AS WE CAN BEFORE THE SUMMER STARTS. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS ENTIRELY UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS AND THE 16 AND 17-YEAR-OLDS WILL HAVE TO HAVE A PERMISSION SLIP BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BEFORE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. NOW I WANT TO TALK TODAY ABOUT A CONSOLIDATION OF WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THE STATE, A RISING VARIANT. VERY CONCERNED, AS I HAVE MENTIONED, ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN MICHIGAN. WE ARE SEEING THIS RISE, PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTHERN STATE OF OHIO. WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE VACCINATING PEOPLE AT A VERY HIGH RATE IN OHIO. THOSE ARE TWO CONFLICTING THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. IT TRULY IS A RACE. SO AT THIS PERIOD OF TIME, IT IS A CRUCIAL PERIOD OF TIME, AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DO THE BASICS. THE REASON WE ARE ISSUING A NEW HEALTH ORDER NOW IS TO MAKE IT SIMPLER. WE KNOW A LOT MORE TODAY THAN WE KNEW WHEN THIS STARTED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE POWER OF THESE MASKS IS MUCH GREATER. WE KNOW IT IS MUCH GREATER THAN WE KNEW A FEW MONTHS AGO. WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR SCHOOL YEAR, WITH KIDS IN CLASSROOM LESS THAN SIX FEET APART, SOMEBODY COMES DOWN WITH THE VIRUS AND IT DOES NOT SPREAD IN THE CLASSROOM. REALLY BACK TO THE ESSENTIAL BASICS IS WHAT THESE ORDERS ARE EMPHASIZING. ABOVE ALL, COMMON SENSE. WEAR A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING, BEING OUTSIDE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH BETTER THAN BEING INSIDE. GOOD HANDWASHING, AND LIMITING GATHERINGS OF LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE DIRECTLY WITH YOU. I’M GOING TO NOW GO TO THE DIRECTOR. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE WILL GO FROM YOU, YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THESE NEW ORDERS, WHAT YOU ARE BEING ISSUED, CLARIFICATION — THIS WILL COVER THINGS SUCH AS PROM, FESTIVALS, GRADUATIONS, AND I WOULD EMPHASIZE THAT IT IS BACK TO BASICS, COMMON SENSE. THESE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE WANT TO DO, IT IS JUST HOW WE DO IT. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE EMPHASIZING TODAY WITH THESE NEW, MORE SIMPLE FIGHT ORDERS. DIRECTOR? >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. TO YOUR POINT, THE GOAL HERE TODAY IS TO GET BACK TO BASIS. TO MAKE SURE WE CAN IN FACT HAVE A SMOOTH PATH TO THE RETURN TO OUR LIVES AND GETTING FOLKS TO FOCUS ON THOSE BASIC PRINCIPLES IS GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. CONSOLIDATING THESE ORDERS, ENCOMPASSING THEM ALL INTO ONE ORDER. WE HOPE IT HELPS FOCUS DOES IMPORT AND ITEMS AND GET AWAY FROM ANY CONFUSION THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE HAD ABOUT WHICH ORDER APPLIES AND WHERE IT APPLIES. AND REALLY SIMPLE FIND THINGS AND GETTING EVERYONE TO HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY, FROM ORGANIZERS OF EVENTS, TO PROPRIETORS OF OPERATIONS, OR TO JUST THE PUBLIC. THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, AS WE LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID AND ITS EFFECTS, BUT THE PERMIT OF HEALTH ISSUED ORDERS DESIGNED TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS. — THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUED ORDERS DESIGNED TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS. AT EACH TURN, WE FOLLOWED THE SCIENCE. OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS VIRUS AND HOW IT SPREADS IS MUCH MORE ADVANCED THAN WHEN WE FIRST LEARNED ABOUT IT IN EARLY. 2020. — IN EARLY 2020. THIS NEW SIMPLE FIGHT ORDER ENCOMPASSES OUR PREVIOUS ORDERS. IT STREAMLINES THOSE ORDERS AND UNDERSCORES THE MOST IMPORTANT TENANTS OF INFECTION PREVENTION THAT STOPS THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. WEARING MASKS. SOCIAL DISTANCING. LIMITING LARGE GATHERINGS AND PRACTICING GOOD HANDWASHING AND HYGIENE. AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE, HAVING YOUR EVENT OUTSIDE. WHAT DOES THE NEW ORDER DO? THE NEW ORDER CONTINUES TO ENCAPSULATE PREVIOUS ORDERS. IT PLACES THE EMPHASIS ON WEARING MASKS AT ALL TIMES IN ANY INDOOR LOCATION THAT IS NOT A RESIDENCE. WHEN YOU ARE OUTSIDE AND UNABLE TO MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET OR MORE, YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE YOUR MASK. WHEN WAITING FOR, DRIVING, OR OPERATING PUBLIC TRACKS — PUBLIC TRANSIT, YOU ALSO NEED A MASK. EXCEPTIONS CONTINUE TO BE DETAILED IN THE ORDER. AVOID CONGREGATING IN LARGE GROUPS. WE HAVE THE MASS GATHERING LIMITATIONS. THAT’S GOING TO BE ENCOMPASSED IN THIS ORDER IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FASHION. WE STILL WANT OHIOANS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN GATHERING AND MAINTAIN PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING. KEEP IN MIND SMALLER GROUPINGS OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN A MASS GATHERING HELP LIMIT THE SPREAD. THE GROUP YOU ARE A PART OF AT AN EVENT SHOULD NOT BE LARGER THAN 10 PEOPLE. HOW DOES THAT WORK? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IF YOU GO TO A FESTIVAL, IF YOU GO TO A PARADE, TRY TO KEEP YOUR GROUP AT TANNER SMALLER — 10 OR SMALLER, NOT REALLY HUNGRY GETTING WITH OTHER GROUPS OF OTHER SIZES, BUT TRYING TO KEEP YOUR GROUP SIZE 10 OR SMALLER. WHEN POSSIBLE, EVENT ORGANIZERS AND MANAGERS SHOULD PROVIDE ONE-WAY TRAFFIC IN BUILDINGS OR OTHER AREAS TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING. YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF DISTANCE FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. INDIVIDUALS, BACK TO AVOIDING GETTING A — AVOIDING CONGREGATING IN LARGE GROUPS. IF YOU ARE AT AND — IF YOU ARE AT AN EVENT, YOU SHOULD BE SEPARATED BY SIX FEET FROM THE NEXT GROUP OF 10 OR LESS. THERE SHOULD BE 10 OR LESS, AND PICTURE KIND OF A HALO AROUND YOU FOR THAT GROUP YOU ARE WITH, AND THAT THAT HALO PROVIDES A BUFFER FROM THE NEXT GROUP OF 10 OR LESS. PRACTICING GOOD HANDWASHING AND ROUTINE DISINFECTION. THIS HASN’T CHANGED. STILL A STAPLE OF REDUCING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. THERE WILL STILL BE A LIMITATION ON THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SPECTATORS AND ATTENDANCE AT INDOOR FACILITIES, THAT IS WITH A 25% OF THE FIXED SEATING OF THE CAPACITY — AT AN INDOOR FACILITY, FIXED SEATING TO 25% THE CAPACITY OF THE FACILITY. SAME THING. GROUPS OF 10 AT THE MOST, SIX FEET OF DISTANCING, MAINTAINED BETWEEN THE SEATED GROUPS. STILL ASKING THAT PEOPLE STAY SEATED WHEN ACTIVELY EATING OR DRINKING OUT OF FACILITY. INFORMATION ABOUT COMPETITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND SIGNAGE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW ORDER. THAT WILL HELP SIMPLIFY THE EXISTING GUIDANCE. WE HOPE BY ENCOMPASSING OUR SEPARATE ORDERS INTO THIS ONE ORDER, WE WILL MAKE THEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND FOR ORGANIZERS AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE ATTENDING EVENTS. I WILL TURN IT BACK TO YOU, GOVERNOR, THEN TO DR. VANDER HUFF. >> DO YOU WANT TO GIVE US SOME OF THE WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND IN REGARDS TO THESE ORDERS, DOCTOR? >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOVERNOR. WE UNDERSTAND WELL THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN A MARATHON FOR THE PEOPLE OF OHIO. AS WE ENTER INTO THE FINAL STRETCH OF THE MARATHON, THE BEST SAFETY MEASURES ARE THE ONES THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND, REMEMBER, AND APPLY FAITHFULLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE. TODAY’S ORDERS SIMPLIFY AND UNDERLINE THE VITAL STEPS WE OHIOANS NEED TO TAKE TO KEEP OURSELVES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS, COWORKERS, AND OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE IN THIS FINAL STRETCH OF THE PANDEMIC. MAKE NO MISTAKE — WE ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN THE THICK OF THINGS WITH COVID-19. OUR CASES ARE RISING AGAIN. OUR TESTING POSITIVITY RATE IS BACK UP ABOVE 4%. OUR VARIANT NUMBERS CONTINUE TO GROW. THE EVIDENCE CONTINUES TO MOUNT THAT B117 AND OTHER VARIANTS ARE NOT ONLY MUCH MORE CONTAGIOUS, BUT ALSO MORE DEADLY. BUT THIS SURGE OF VARIANCE IS HAPPENING HERE IN OHIO IN THE CONTEXT OF NEARLY 32%, OR 3.7 MILLION OHIOANS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A VACCINE. AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THANKFULLY ARE ROLLING UP THEIR SLEEVES EACH AND EVERY DAY TO GET VACCINATED. AND I MIGHT ADD, IN A STATE WITH A CONSISTENTLY STRONG TRACK RECORD IN COMPLIANCE WITH MASKING IN PUBLIC. THE MESSAGE WITH THESE REVISED ORDERS THEREFORE IS CLEAR. SIMPLE STEPS CAN SAVE LIVES. AND PUT THIS PANDEMIC BEHIND US. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE OLDER THAN 16 YEARS OLD, JUST AS THE GOVERNOR WAS HIGHLIGHTING EARLIER, GET VACCINATED. VACCINES ARE SAFE. MUCH SAFER THAN GETTING COVID-19. WHETHER YOU ARE 16 YEARS OLD WERE 80 YEARS OLD. THEY ARE VERY EFFECTIVE AGAINST THESE VARIANCE. WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC, AVOID LARGE GROUPS, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. OUTSIDE IS BETTER THAN INSIDE. THE NEW ORDERS ISSUED TODAY REALLY PROVIDE PRACTICAL AND RESPONSIBLE STEPS TO ALLOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO LIVE AND ACT SAFELY, EVEN AS MORE AND MORE OF US GET THE VACCINES THAT WILL ULTIMATELY PUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN OUR REARVIEW MIRROR. THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST MAYBE A COUPLE OF THINGS TO FOLLOW UP ON. OHIOANS ARE DOING EXCEEDINGLY WELL. I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS EVERYDAY. WE ARE STILL RUNNING 93%-90 4% OF PEOPLE IN OUR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS WEARING A MASK. THAT IS STATEWIDE. OHIOANS ARE DOING EXCEEDINGLY WELL. WITH THE ORDER, EVERYONE WILL SEE THE ORDER IS BASIC. IT IS REALLY BACK TO BASICS. TO MAKE IT A SIMPLE AS WE CAN, WITH A REAL EMPHASIS ON MASK WEARING AND DISTANCING. AND STAYING AWAY FROM A LARGE CROWD. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. LET ME ADD, IT IS COMMON SENSE. AGAIN, BASIC THINGS. AS YOU APPLY IT, JUST USE COMMON SENSE, AS YOU DO THAT. LET ME GO BACK TO THE DIRECTOR FOR A MOMENT. ONE OF THE THINGS I MIGHT ADD, YOU TALKED ABOUT EATING, STAYING SEATED IF YOU ARE AT THE BAR, AT A RESTAURANT. THAT ALSO WILL CONTINUE TO BE TRUE IF YOU ARE AT AN EVENT, A SPORTING EVENT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO GET QUESTIONS ABOUT WHEN THESE ORDERS, WHEN PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THESE ORDERS. SO WE HAVE ORDERS IN REGARD TO PROBLEMS, GRADUATION — PROMS, GRADUATIONS. CAN YOU TELL EVERYONE WHAT THE TIMING IS ON THOSE? >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. THE ORDER WE JUST DISCUSSED, HOPEFULLY IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AND SIGNED BY TODAY. YOU WILL ALSO SEE WHICH ORDERS THAT WRAPS INTO IT. IN SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE WE TALKED ABOUT, TO HELP WITH THIS, PROMS, GRADUATIONS, WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE THAT GUIDANCE OUT NO LATER THAN TOMORROW. >> SO THAT SPECIFIC GUIDANCE WILL BECOMING — I DON’T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY SURPRISES IN THERE AT ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DIRECTOR. WE WANTED TODAY TO REALLY TALK ABOUT TWO THINGS. ONE, THE NEW ORDERS, AND TWO, THE OHIO RISE. THIS BIG SIGNIFICANT — THIS IS SIGNIFICANT AND SOMETHING WE WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OHIO ABOUT. THIS REALLY IMPACTS FAMILIES ACROSS OHIO. FOR TOO MANY FAMILIES IN OHIO, THEY STRUGGLE. FAR TOO MANY FAMILIES IN OHIO STRUGGLED TO STAY TOGETHER. — STRUGGLE TO STAY TOGETHER. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT, WHAT WE NORMALLY THINK OF THAT BREAKS FAMILIES UP, BUT IN MANY CASES, BECAUSE HER CHILDREN HAVE MANY COMPLEX NEEDS — THEIR CHILDREN HAVE MANY COMPLEX NEEDS. FOR EXAMPLE. A CHILD MIGHT HAVE A DEVELOPMENT OF DISABILITY OR MENTAL ILLNESS. ANOTHER CHILD MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AS THE SAME TIME AS ANOTHER CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUE — AT THE SAME TIME AS ANOTHER RUNNING HEALTH ISSUE. FOR THESE FAMILIES, ADDRESSING THE CARE THAT THEIR CHILDREN NEED IS EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. OFTEN, THESE FAMILIES ARE SERVED BY A NUMBER OF STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES. THESE FAMILIES ARE LEFT STILL OVERWHELMED, AND UNDER RESOURCED. AS A RESULT, THEIR CHILDREN DO NOT REALLY GET THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. TOO OFTEN, FAMILIES ARE HAVING ISSUES KEEPING THEIR FAMILY TOGETHER, OR ENSURING THEIR CHILD RECEIVES THE CRITICAL TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED. IN A FEW MOMENTS, WE WILL HEAR FROM A FATHER WHO HAD TO MAKE THE HEARTBREAKING DECISION TO RELINQUISH THE CUSTODY OF HIS CHILD, TO ENSURE THAT CHILD RECEIVED THE TREATMENT THAT HE NEEDED. CERTAINLY, NO FAMILY SHOULD EVER HAVE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE. THERE IS NO HOPE — THERE IS NOW HOPE. FAMILIES ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACCESSING THE RIGHT KIND OF CARE AT THE RIGHT TIME. OUR FIRST EXECUTIVE BUDGET TWO YEARS AGO INCLUDED BRAND-NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT THESE MULTI-SYSTEM YOUTH. I AM VERY GRATEFUL THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGREED WITH US, ADDED ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO ITS, SO WE APPRECIATE THEIR PARTNERSHIP. — TO IT, SO WE APPRECIATE THEIR PARTNERSHIP. THANKS TO THOSE RESOURCES, OUR ADMINISTRATION HAS FUNDED AND HELPED MORE THAN 450 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE INCREDIBLY COMPLEX NEEDS. AS A RESULT OF THE PROGRAM, THESE YOUTH HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET HOME-BASED SERVICES, RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT, OR IN SOME CASES EVEN A SERVICE ANIMAL. WHATEVER THAT CHILD NEEDED, WHAT THEY WERE GETTING, WHAT THEY ARE GETTING HAS BEEN TAILORED FOR THEIR PARTICULAR UNIQUE NEEDS. WE KNOW THOUGH THAT THERE ARE MANY OTHER OHIO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NEED AND DESERVE THE SAME LEVEL OF VERY INTENSE RESOLUTION TO COMP LUXE PROBLEMS. AS MANY AS 60,000 OHIO YOUNG PEOPLE MAY BE IN NEED OF THESE INTENSIVE SERVICES AND OF THIS CARE COORDINATION. AND COORDINATION IS A REAL KEY TO THIS. MANY TIMES, THEY ARE POURING DOWN RESOURCES FROM TWO, 3, 4 DIFFERENT AGENCIES. VERY COMPLICATED. SO COORDINATION IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE CREATED, AS A RESULT OF THIS NEED, A BRAND-NEW PROGRAM. RESILIENCE TO INTEGRATE SYSTEMS EXCELLENCE. OR WE ARE CALLING IT OHIO RISE. WHICH WILL BE PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAID’S MANAGED CARE OVERHAUL. WE WILL TALK TODAY ABOUT THAT. IT OFFERS A DIFFERENT WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN WHO MANY TIMES WE ARE FAILING TODAY. THE PROGRAM BUILDS ON THE SUCCESS OF PROGRAMS WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY ENACTED AND WILL FEATURE NEW, INTENSIVE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES THAT WE HOPE WILL SERVES CHILDREN — WILL SERVE CHILDREN IN THEIR HOMES AND THEIR OWN COMMITTEES, RATHER THAN ENCUMBER GOOD SETTINGS THAT CAN BE FAR AWAY FROM — THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES, RATHER THAN IN CONGREGATE SETTINGS THAT CAN BE FAR AWAY. THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAID IS ANNOUNCING THEIR VENDOR FROM THE OHIO RISE PROGRAM THAT WILL SERVE ALL OF OHIO’S ELIGIBLE CHILDREN. TO ENROLL, CHILDREN MUST BE MEDICAID ELIGIBLE, HAVE SIGNIFICANT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS, AND REQUIRE ENHANCED SERVICES. OVER THE NEXT 10 MONTHS, AETNA BETTER HEALTH OF OHIO, WHO HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE VENDOR, WILL WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAID, THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S COUNSEL, TO BRING OHIO RISE TO LIFE. BUILDING UP CAPACITY FOR NEW INTENSIVE CARE CORONATION AND COMMITTEE-BASED SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE, SO CARE IS NEVER FAR FROM THESE FAMILIES, WHO ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN NEED. — SO VERY MUCH IN NEED. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MARK BUTLER. A PARENT FROM CENTRAL OHIO. WHO HAD TO MAKE THE VERY DIFFICULT DECISION TO RELINQUISH CUSTODY OF HIS SON TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN ORDER TO ENSURE HIS SON RECEIVED THE TREATMENT AND CARE THAT HE NEEDED. MARK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS. CAN YOU TELL YOUR STORY? >> SURE. THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. IN 2014, MY WIFE AND I WERE FORCED TO SURRENDER CUSTODY OF OUR SON, ANDREW, WHO HAS A SEVERE INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY. HE IS NONVERBAL WITH SEVERAL MENTAL ILLNESSES. OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CHILDHOOD, WE WORKED HARD TO MEET HIS NEEDS AND CREATE A LOVING AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR HIM. BUT AFTER SOME ESPECIALLY VIOLENT OUTBURSTS AT HOME AND OUT SCHOOL, WE WERE TOLD IT WAS NO LONGER SAFE TO HAVE HIM IN OUR HOME AND THAT HE NEEDED OUT OF HOME RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT. ANDREW’S MEDICAID LABOR WILL NOT ASSIST WITH THAT — WOULD NOT ASSIST WITH THAT AND NEITHER WOULD OUR PRIVATE INSURANCE. WE WERE TOLD HER ONLY OPTION WAS TO SURRENDER CUSTODY. MAKING THAT PHONE CALL IS THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER HAD TO DO IN MY LIFE. MY FAMILY, LIKE MANY IN OUR SITUATION, STRUGGLE FOR SO LONG IN SILENCE. ISOLATED AND AFRAID OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ANDREW ONCE WE STARTED DOWN THAT PATH. THAT FEAR TURNED TO SORROW ONCE WE SURRENDERED CUSTODY INDENTURE WAS SENT TO A FACILITY OVER TWO HOURS AWAY FROM OUR HOME. I REMEMBER THAT FIRST WEEKEND HE WAS AWAY, WE DROVE DOWN. THEY TOLD US WE COULDN’T EVEN SEE HIM, WE JUST SAT IN THE PARKING LOT JUST TO BE CLOSE TO HIM. THAT SORROW TURNED TO FRUSTRATION, WHEN I ATTENDED MEETINGS AND WATCHED MULTIPLE AGENCIES BEHAVE ALMOST LIKE THEY WERE PLAYING HOT POTATO WITH MY SON’S HEALTH CARE. WE VISITED ANDREW EVERY WEEKEND FOR TWO YEARS. THAT IS OVER 25,000 MILES. LONGER THAN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE EARTH. I’M HAPPY TO SAY THAT NOW AS AN ADULT, WE HAVE GUARDIANSHIP OVER HIM, HE’S DOING VERY WELL IN A SUPPORTIVE LIVING ENVIRONMENT, HE’S HAPPY, AND WE NOW HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM. — WITH HIM. >> THAT IS EXCELLENT NEWS. I THINK ANYONE LISTENING TO YOUR STORY, THE FIRST THING WERE ASKING THEMSELVES IS, HOW’S HE DOING? THAT IS A GREAT, GREAT THING. AS YOU KNOW, MARK, THIS PROGRAM THAT WE PUT TOGETHER, IT IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE ANDREW. SO, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT STORY WITH US. WE WISH YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND ANDREW AND YOUR FAMILY ALL THE BEST. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON HERE AND TELLING YOUR STORY. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> NEXT JOINING US IS THE CEO OF POSITIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH IS IN THE CLEVELAND AREA. SHE SPENT HER CAREER HELPING CHILDREN WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND HELPING THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. CAN YOU TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE SEEN FAMILIES EXPERIENCE? I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF FAMILIES. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THOSE CHALLENGES YOU SEE THEM FACE, IN TRYING TO HELP THEIR LOVED ONE. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOOD AFTERNOON. MARK POWERFULLY CAPTURED A NUMBER OF THE STRUGGLES WE SEE WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES HERE IN NORTHEAST OHIO, WHO ARE IN NEED OF INTENSIVE CARE COORDINATION SERVICES USING A HIGH FIDELITY MODEL. FAMILIES WE SERVE ARE FACING MULTIPLE CHALLENGES. THE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILD ARE PRESENTING CONCERNS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM OFTEN, AS WELL AS THE HOME. THE COMPLEX NEEDS THEY HAVE MAY RESULT IN POLICE CONTACT AND CONTACT WITH THE PART AND OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, AS THE FAMILY AND CHILD ARE TRYING TO NAVIGATE THE NEEDS. WE ALSO SEE CHILDREN WHO COME INTO CONTACT WITH HOSPITAL SYSTEMS. MANY OF THE CHILDREN WE SERVE ARE EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THINKING. THEY ARE ALSO EXPRESSING SUICIDAL GESTURES AND ATTEMPTS. WE ARE SEEING THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS ARE EAGER TO HAVE PARTNERS WHO CAN SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WITHOUT THEM HAVING TO BE PLACED INTO PSYCHIATRIC BEDS OR STAY IN HOSPITAL BEDS FOR A LONG TIMES. FOR MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WE SERVE, THEY ARE IN NEED OF SUPPORT FROM THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR FINANCIAL BARRIERS — AND THERE ARE FINANCIAL BARRIERS FOR THE FAMILIES T GET THOSE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT. PROBLEMS INCLUDE NOT ONLY AGGRESSION TOWARD OTHERS, BUT AGGRESSION TOWARD THEMSELVES. >> I THINK IT IS HARD FOR MOST OF US TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGES THAT A FAMILY FACES IN SITUATIONS LIKE YOU HAVE DESCRIBED. I WOULD THINK THAT A COORDINATED, HOLISTIC APPROACH WOULD GIVE THEM SOME ASSURANCE THAT THINGS WILL WORK OUT THE BEST THEY COULD. AND THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE ON THE SAME PAGE. MAYBE YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU THINK THE OHIO RISE AND THE COORDINATION MIGHT BE HELPFUL. IN THIS REGARD. >> CERTAINLY. WE HAVE BEEN FIRST ENERGIZED BY THE CABINET AND COUNSEL THAT HAVE COME TOGETHER ACROSS MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY WITH THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS ARE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING SERVED. THE DEPARTMENTS CAN SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE A SILO TO THE FAMILIES NEEDING THE SUPPORT. THEY ARE TO NAVIGATE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES IN SOME CASES. THEY ARE ALSO TRYING TO NAVIGATE THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM IN SOME CASES. THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A COALITION OF PROGRAMS AND DEPARTMENTS COMING TOGETHER TO DESIGN A SET OF SERVICES THAT ARE GOING TO WORK FOR CHILDREN AND NECESSITATE THE ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION OF EACH OF THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS ASSURES THE WHOLE CHILD AND FAMILY CAN BE SEEN, HEARD, UNDERSTOOD, AND SUPPORTED. O– OHIO RISE REALLY REPRESENTS THAT POSSIBILITY THROUGH THE COLLABORATION THAT IS OCCURRING THROUGH THE DESIGN OF THE SERVICE AND THE IMPLEMENTATION THAT IS BEING ENVISIONED. >> BASICALLY, A COALITION COMING TOGETHER TO HELP. THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD WAY OF DESCRIBING IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE TODAY AND BRINGING INSIGHT INTO WHAT THIS PROGRAM REALLY WILL DO AND WHY IT MATTERS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU. >> FINALLY, JEFF FELTON JOINS US TODAY, THE DIRECTOR OF BEAUMONT JOBS AND FAMILY SERVICES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY. DO YOU WANT TO HELP US MAYBE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO CARE FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE THESE COMPLEX NEEDS? YOU KNOW, WHAT CHALLENGE THAT POSES? >> SURE. THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVE GIVEN WHEN IT COMES TO CARING FOR KIDS. IT WAS MUCH NEEDED AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. MARK MENTIONED MAKING A CALL. WELL, THE AGENCY THAT RECEIVES THAT CALL IS GENERALLY THE CHILDREN SERVICES AGENCY, LIKE MINE HERE IN BEAUMONT COUNTY. WHEN WE BECOME THE CUSTODIANS, WHEN WE RECEIVE CUSTODY, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING ON THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD. THE BASIC NEEDS OF CLOTHING AND SHELTER, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL EDUCATION, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS. AS YOU ARE WELL AWARE, CHILDREN COMING INTO OUR CARE, FOR WHATEVER REASON, GENERALLY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THE PARENTS, IN THE CASES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, HAVE MORE AND MORE COMPLEX NEEDS, THE TRAUMA THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED. SO FINDING THE RESOURCES TO MEET THOSE SIGNIFICANT AND COMPLEX BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS IS REALLY A CHALLENGE FOR THE CHILD WELFARE AGENCY. I HAVE TOLD MY COMMITTEE MANY TIMES, WE ARE EXPERTS IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THESE COMPLEX BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS, WE REALLY DON’T HAVE THAT EXPERTISE. BUT NONETHELESS, IT IS OUR RESPONSE ABILITY TO MAKE SURE THOSE NEEDS ARE MET. WE GOT THE PHONE CALLS FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS THAT SAY A CHILD IS READY TO BE DISCHARGED, AND IF IT IS NOT SAFE FOR THAT CHILD TO GO HOME, MY CASEWORKERS START MAKING TELEPHONE CALLS TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT APPROPRIATE SERVICES ARE FOUND. WE ARE NOT ALONE IN TERMS OF SEEING THE INCREASE AND COMPLICITY IN THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH THESE NEEDS. WE ARE COMPETING WITH OTHER COUNTIES FOR THE SAME LIMITED RESOURCES. BOTH OUT OF HOME CARE AS WELL AS COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES. MARK MENTIONED, NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH AGENCIES LIKE MINE, BUT THEY ALSO ARE INVOLVED WITH THE COURT — WHICH IS QUITE A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FROM THE FAMILIES WE DEAL WITH. IT IS QUITE A CHALLENGE TO KEEP THE FAMILY ENGAGED, INVOLVED WITH THE CHILD’S TREATMENT, TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THE CHILD IS CLOSE TO HOME AS POSSIBLE AND CONTINUE TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MAYBE TO SUMMARIZE, THE POINT OF OHIO RISE IS SO THAT THESE MATTERS DO NOT END UP WITH YOU. IT IS INTERESTING, AS YOU DESCRIBE IT, YOU ARE USED TO DEALING WITH ABUSE. THESE ARE THE DIFFICULT THINGS AND THE TOUGH THINGS YOU DEAL WITH EVERY SINGLE DAY. IN THE PAST, YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED CUSTODY IN CASES WHERE THEY ARE LOVING PARENTS, BUT THE PARENTS ARE MAKING THAT CHOICE BECAUSE THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO ACCESS THE DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT CHILD NEEDS. AND SO, WE HOPE OHIO RISE IS GOING TO ELIMINATE THAT AND THERE WILL BE FEWER OF THESE CASES COMING YOUR WAY. >> YES, GOVERNOR. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW, WE ARE STILL A COMMUNITY AGENCY. WE CAN BRING FORTH RESOURCES TO HELP THESE FAMILIES. IT’S NOT LIKE WE ARE GOING TO BE A SILENT PARTNER, OR A PARTNER THAT DISAPPEARS. WE ARE STILL A VALUABLE COMMITTEE RESOURCE TO ASSIST KIDS AND FAMILIES. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. WE ARE READY FOR QUESTIONS. >> HELLO, GOVERNOR. GOOD AFTERNOON. MY QUESTION IS MORE TOWARDS THE DOCTOR. THERE ARE CASES WHERE PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED THE FIRST DOSE OF THEIR VACCINE, THEN TESTED POSITIVE A FEW DAYS LATER. IS THE STATE TRACKING THAT? HOW OFTEN DOES THIS HAPPEN? WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT THAT? >> YES. THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. THE INFORMATION WE HAVE REGARDING PEOPLE WHO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS SHORTLY AFTER RECEIVING THE VACCINE REALLY POINTS TOWARDS INDIVIDUALS WILL LIKELY HAD THE VIRUS OR WERE LIKELY INFECTED IN AN ASYMPTOMATIC STAGE PRIOR TO RECEIVING THE VACCINE. ALL INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE VACCINES ARE WELL RECEIVED, EFFECTIVE IN THOSE GROUPS OF PEOPLE, AND THERE IS SOME EARLY INDICATION, ALTHOUGH NOT ENOUGH THAT I WOULD GO TOO FAR WITH IT, BUT SOME EARLY INDICATION THAT MAY ACTUALLY HELP BOOST THEIR RESPONSE TO THE VACCINE. IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC NUMBERS, I’M NOT SURE INFORMATION IS THAT GRANULAR. BUT I CAN’T SPEAK IN TERMS OF THE — BUT I CAN SPEAK IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL EXPERIENCE. >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SPECTRUM NEWS, JOSH. REPORTER: YOU TOUCH THE BACK ON THE NEW HEALTH ORDER. — TOUCHED BACK ON THE NEW HEALTH ORDER. CAN YOU LAY OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE NEW ORDER IS? YOU HAD ON A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS. — YOU HIT ON A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS. >> DIRECTOR MACLEOD HAS BEEN WORKING ON THAT. >> THE ORDER DOES CONSOLIDATE SEVERAL ORDERS AND TRANSFERS SOME OF THOSE IMPORTANT ITEMS WE WANT TO FOCUS ON INTO ONE ORDER. THE CRUX OF THE ORDER IS GOING TO FALL TO THOSE REALLY MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS, WEARING A MASK, STAYING IN SMALLER GROUPS, DISTANCING FROM OTHERS, SANITIZING. THEN A LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND GUIDANCE ABOUT TRYING TO DO ONE-WAY ENTRANCES AND EXITS, HAVE THESE OUTSIDE WHEN YOU CAN. THERE ARE SEVERAL ORDERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COLLAPSE INTO THAT. ORDERS FOR SOME OF THE RESTAURANTS, BARS, NO MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUTH AND COLLEGIATE SPORTS. THERE WILL BE A SECOND CURRENT ORDER WITH THAT THAT OUTLINES ALL OF THOSE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A COUPLE OF CLEANUP ORDERS THAT DON’T — THAT ARE NECESSARY ANY LONGER. WE WILL TAP ON WOOD TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT, LIKE VENTILATORS, THINGS LIKE THAT. TRYING TO DO SOME GENERAL CLEANUP. AGAIN, SEMPER FI THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS INTO THIS ONE ORDER — SIMPLIFY THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS INTO ONE ORDER. THE NEW ORDER FOCUS IS REALLY ON THOSE 4-5 THINGS I JUST OUTLINED. >> I IMAGINE WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE ASKING THEMSELVES IS, AS WE TALK HERE, IS WHAT’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT? WHAT’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FOR THE AVERAGE CITIZEN OUT THERE? I WILL START OFF WITH, WE ARE MAKING IT CLEAR IN THIS ORDER THAT PROMS CAN OCCUR. WE ARE MAKING IT CLEAR THAT FESTIVALS CAN OCCUR. WE ARE MAKING IT CLEAR IN THIS ORDER THAT GRADUATIONS CAN OCCUR. I WILL GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID EARLIER. WE CAN DO ABOUT ANYTHING — WE CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, IT’S HOW WE DO IT THAT IS THE KEY. I DON’T IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT AS FAR AS WHAT IS DIFFERENT. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES. AS WE SAID, THESE ORDERS WILL BE OUT TODAY AND TOMORROW. >> A COUPLE OF ITEMS THAT ARE DIFFERENT. WELL SAID, GOVERNOR. IT’S MORE ABOUT HOW WE ARE DOING THINGS DAN WHAT WE ARE DOING. HOW WE CAN FOCUS ON THOSE SIMPLE THINGS. A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT THAT YOU WILL SEE — WE PREVIOUSLY HAD A LIMIT ON MASS GATHERINGS OF 10 PEOPLE. IT WAS PROHIBITED, THINGS LIKE FESTIVALS AND PARADES. THOSE THINGS CAN GO FORWARD, BUT KEEP YOUR GROUP TO 10 OR LESS. THERE CAN BE LOTS OF GROUPS OF 10 OR LESS, BUT JUST KEEP YOUR GROUP AND TRY TO STAY TO YOUR GROUP. GIVE SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN. THAT MIGHT BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COUPLE CASES OF SPREAD, WHICH WE HOPE DOESN’T HAPPEN, BUT IF IT DOES, THAT THAT IS THE WORST, AND THESE EVENTS ARE NOT SUPER-SPREADER EVENTS. THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. WE WILL SEE SOME OF THOSE RITES OF PASSAGES AND THOSE THINGS RETURN THIS YEAR. IT’S JUST GOING TO BE HOW WE DO IT AND HOW WE DO IT SAFELY. >> IT COMES BACK A LOT TO COMMON SENSE. YOU GO TO A CHURCH FESTIVAL, WE AR YOUR MASK. IF YOU’RE STANDING IN LINE TO GET A HOT DOG OR BARBECUE CHICKEN, WHATEVER IT IS, JUST KEEP A LITTLE DISTANCE. NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO BECOME SHOCKING TO ANYBODY. BUT SPRING AND SUMMER IS GOING TO LOOK A LOT BETTER THIS YEAR FOR OHIOANS. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE BASED ON THAT COMMON SENSE. THE BIG TAKE AWAY IS, YOU CAN HAVE FESTIVALS, YOU CAN HAVE PARADES, YOU CAN HAVE GRADUATION, YOU CAN HAVE PROM, AND WE ARE GOING TO OUTLINE A LITTLE BIT HOW THAT SHOULD HAPPEN — BUT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. IF A SCHOOL IS PLANNING A GRADUATION, USE THE BASIC HEALTH PRINCIPLES THEY HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING FOR NINE MONTHS. WE’VE GOT SCHOOLS WHO HAVE BEEN IN SESSION THIS ENTIRE YEAR. AND THEY’VE DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB. SO WE TRUST THEM TO BE ABLE TO DO A PHENOMENAL JOB AT GRADUATION. WE TRUST THEM TO BE ABLE TO DO A PHENOMENAL JOB AT THE PROM. YEAH, IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT, TWO PEOPLE ARE DANCING, SLOW DANCING, THEY ARE GOING TO AUGUST BE CLOSER THAN SIX FEET — OBVIOUSLY CLOSER THAN SIX FEET, WE ARE NOT STUPID, WE ARE NOT ASKING PEOPLE TO DO CRAZY THINGS, BUT BE CAREFUL. BE CAREFUL WITH HOW YOU PUT ON THE EVENTS. I HAVE A FULL FAITH THE HASH — I HAVE FULL FAITH SCHOOLS WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. REPORTER: HELLO, GOVERNOR. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT PEOPLE LOOKING FOR VACCINES. IS THERE A POINT WHERE OHIO WOULD MOVE TO WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS? THAT MIGHT BE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS. OR WE GOING TO STICK WITH OUR APPROACH? >> WE ALREADY HAVE SOME OF THOSE. IN ONE COUNTY, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET AN APPOINTMENT THERE. I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE OF THAT. FRANKLY, WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO BALANCE — WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE. WE DON’T WANT THEM WAITING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. BUT WE ALSO KNOW, AS WE TRY TO GET MORE AND MORE PEOPLE, AND GET THOSE PERCENTAGES UP, JUST GOING INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD AND OPENING IT UP, BEING ABLE TO HANDLE ANYBODY WHO WALKS UP IS GOING TO BE ONE WAY WE ARE GOING TO GET MORE PEOPLE, SO YES — WE ARE ALREADY DOING A LITTLE EVENT. WE ARE GOING TO DO MORE OF THAT. IF ANY OF OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT WANT TO DO IT, THEY CAN DO IT. — DEPARTMENTS WANT TO DO IT, THEY CAN DO IT. WE WILL SEE OTHER STRATEGIC DECISIONS TO GO INTO CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS AND TRY THAT. ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY. WE WANT TO GET ENOUGH OF THE PRESSURE OFF, SO THAT WE DON’T END UP WITH PEOPLE WAITING A LONG, COME ALONG — A LONG, LONG TIME. WE HAVE SEEN THIS AND OTHER PLACES. WE DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. WHILE SOME OHIOANS CERTAINLY HAVE HAD SOME FRUSTRATION GETTING AN APPOINTMENT, WE THINK THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GET BETTER, AS WE GET MORE VACCINE IN AND MOVE FURTHER WITH MORE PEOPLE BEING VACCINATED. WE THINK THAT WILL GET BETTER, AS WE MOVE. BUT I THINK BY AND LARGE, EVERYPLACE WE HAVE BEEN, PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS AND BEING VACCINATED THOUGHT IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD PROCESS. BUT WE WILL CERTAINLY GO TO WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. WHICH IS JUST SHOWING UP. REPORTER: THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SCOTT AT THE DAILY GAZETTE. >> HI, SCOTT. REPORTER: I GOT AN EMO FROM A RESTAURANT OWNER HERE IN GREENE COUNTY. HE WAS SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF OF A LOT OF DIFFERENT ORDERS IN THE STATE — HE WAS SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF DIFFERENT OWNERS IN THE STATE. HE WAS CITING VARIOUS BARS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THEY FEEL LIKE SOME WERE BEING TARGETED, WHEREAS BIGGER STORES DO NOT SEEM TO BE UNDER MUCH SCRUTINY. WHEN CAN THE RESTAURANT OWNERS EXPECT TO SEE SOME OF THOSE RESTRICTIONS START TO BE LISTED, SO THEY CAN RESUME BUSINESS AND RESUME THEIR LIVELIHOODS? >> LOOK, I UNDERSTAND THAT. I UNDERSTAND THAT POSITION. THE REALITY IS, BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE DIFFERENT IN THE SENSE THAT PEOPLE EAT, DRINK, AND WHEN THEY DO, THEY DO NOT HAVE MASKS ON. THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE. IF YOU WALK INTO VIRTUALLY ANY RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT IN GREENE COUNTY, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE 90%-95% OF PEOPLE WEARING A MASK. AND THEY WEAR IT ALL THE TIME. YOU GO TO A BAR OR RESTAURANT, OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE WILL TAKE IT OFF AS THEY ARE EATING. THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT. SADLY, WE CONTINUE EVERY SINGLE WEEK, WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB, AND COMPLYING, WE CONTINUE TO SEE WEEK AFTER WEEK CITATIONS ISSUED FOR ESTABLISHMENTS, BARS WHO WERE NOT IN COMPLIANCE. SO AGAIN, WE ARE NOT IN ANY WAY HOLDING THE VAST MAJORITY OF BARS AND SAYING THEY ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE MARK — BUT THEIR BUSINESS IS JUST INHERENTLY DIFFERENT. THAT IS WHY WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE PEOPLE GO OUT. THE SAME SPECIAL UNIT THAT DOES IT. EVEN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. >>’S QUESTION — THE NEXT QUESTION? >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> ICAM, THANK YOU. — I AM, THANK YOU — I CAN, THANK YOU. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] — AN ARGUMENT HE OR STATE. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART. — IN OUR COMMUNITY AND STATE. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART. THE LATINO COMMUNITY IS ON BOARD. ENCOURAGING VACCINATIONS. THE QUESTION — [INDISCERNIBLE] IT IS VERY FRIENDLY, THE WHOLE THING THAT IS TAKING PLACE, FROM WHAT I HEAR. I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW FROM THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. MY QUESTION IS, WILL THE CORONAVIRUS BE A REQUIREMENT THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, IN ORDER TO REGISTER KIDS TO SCHOOL? >> WE HAVE NO INTENTION, AT THE STATE LEVEL, TO REQUIRE THAT FOR SOMEONE TO GO TO COLLEGE OR THROUGH K-12. WE DO VERY MUCH URGE PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED. YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED. WE NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO VACCINATE 16-17-YEAR-OLDS WITH THE PFIZER. WE KNOW TRIALS ARE BEING DONE FOR 12 AND OLDER. WE ALSO KNOW WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF TRIALS, TAKING PLACE FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS. I WOULD HOPE THAT BY THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR NEXT YEAR, WE WILL BE ABLE TO VACCINATE A LOT MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS WANT THEM VACCINATED. WE WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT. YOUNG PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE OLDER, WE KNOW HIGH SCHOOL FOR EXAMPLE, JUNIOR HIGH, WE KNOW THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT SPREADERS. WE ALSO KNOW SOME OF THEM HAVE GOTTEN PRETTY SICK. SOME HAVE ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL. LOOKING AT THIS IS SOMETHING TO PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR THAT WILL BEGIN NEXT AUGUST FOR MOST STUDENTS. THE STUDENTS GOING BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL. THINKING ABOUT THAT CHILD BEING VACCINATED IS SOMETHING I HOPE THAT PARENTS WILL THINK ABOUT. AS SOON AS WE KNOW THAT THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AND THAT IT’S BEEN APPROVED TO VACCINATE STUDENT OF A CERTAIN AGE, WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BRING THAT VACCINE DIRECTLY IN THE WEATHER IT IS DIRECTLY INTO THE SCHOOL, OR DIRECTLY INTO THE COMMUNITY. — WHETHER IT IS DIRECTLY INTO THE SCHOOL, OR DIRECTLY INTO THE COMMUNITY. >> NEXT QUESTION. REPORTER: HELLO, GOVERNOR. ON THE NEW HEALTH ORDERS DEALING WITH FESTIVALS SPECIFICALLY, HOPEFULLY BY THE TIME SOME OF THESE ROLLAROUND, THIS WILL ALL BE IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, BUT CERTAINLY FOR SOME OF THEM, IT WON’T. IF WE’VE EVER BEEN TO COLUMBUS, A PUNK AND SHOW, THE POPCORN FESTIVAL, THESE ARE VERY CROWDED EVENTS — THE PUMPKIN SHOW, THE POPCORN FESTIVAL, THESE ARE VERY CROWDED EVENTS. IS THERE AN ENFORCEMENT APPARATUS FOR THIS? OR IS THIS ALL ON GOODWILL AND HOPE? >> WELL, I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO USE COMMON SENSE. YOU MENTIONED THOSE FESTIVALS. I’VE BEEN TO ALL OF THEM. FRAN AND I HAVE BEEN TO A MORE DIVERSE GROUP OF FESTIVALS ACROSS THE STATE, JUST ABOUT ANYBODY. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH PLENTY OF FESTIVALS OVER THE YEARS. WE LOVE FESTIVALS. IT’S A GREAT PART OF WHAT MAKES OHIO DIFFERENT. YOU CAN SORT OF EAT YOUR WAY ACROSS THE STATE OF OHIO WITH AMAZING ETHNIC FOODS. WE LOVE FESTIVALS. I THINK IT REALLY BOILS DOWN TO PEOPLE USING COMMON SENSE. AGAIN, WE ARE BACK TO THE BASICS. EAR A MASK — WEAR A MASK. IF YOU ARE EATING, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WEAR A MASK. BUT DON’T WALK AROUND EATING, SAT DOWN, FIND A PLACE, JUST BASIC COMMON SENSE. — SIT DOWN, FIND A PLACE, JUST BASIC COMMON SENSE. DIRECTOR, DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? >> WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO USE COMMON SENSE. ATTENDEES, ORGANIZERS, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. JUST EVERYONE, IF THEY WOULD KIND OF HELP US GET THROUGH THE HOME STRETCH OF THIS, TOGETHER, FOCUSING ON THOSE INFORMED THINGS, THAT IS PART OF THE SOME SUFFOCATION — IMPORTANT THINGS, THAT IS PART OF THE SIMPLIFICATION. REPORTER: ANY LIMITS ON ANYTHING? NO LIMITS ON ATTENDANCE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? >> AT OUTDOOR EVENTS, THERE IS NOT A CAPACITY LIMIT. THERE WILL BE LIMITS OF THOSE GROUPS OF 10 OR LESS, SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER. EVERYONE WEARING A MASK AND SANITIZING. INDOOR, STILL THAT’S ON A 5%. — STILL THAT 25%, BECAUSE THE RISK IS HIGHER IN DOORS. — INDOORS. REPORTER: DO YOU BELIEF WITH THESE NEW ORDERS TO SIMPLIFY THINGS THAT IT COULD MAYBE REEMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF MASKS? DO YOU MAYBE BELIEVE YOU MIGHT SEE MORE COMPLIANCE EN MASSE WEARING — MASK WEARING IF YOU TAKE AWAY RESTRICTIONS CURRENTLY IN PLACE? >> YES. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE WHAT WE KNOW TODAY. WHAT WE KNOW TODAY IS THESE MASKS ARE POWERFUL. IF WE CAN KEEP THE COMPLIANCE RATE WE HAVE TODAY, IT WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IT’S ALREADY MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IT IS HARD TO CALCULATE AND COMPARE US TO OTHER SITUATIONS. BUT I TRULY BELIEVE THAT CONSISTENTLY, MONTH AFTER MONTH AFTER MONTH, WE HAVE BEEN AT 93% AND 94% MASS COMPLIANCE — MASK COMPLIANCE, IT IS A COUNTRY BEING FACTORED TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. IF WE HAD NOT DONE THAT, WE WOULD BE MUCH, MUCH WORSE OFF. AS I LOOK TO THE NEXT MONTH, TWO MONTHS, HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES US TO GET THROUGH THIS, I THINK BEING ABLE TO FOCUS ON THAT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY MIGHTILY IMPORTANT. — VITALLY IMPORTANT. MY ORDER IS MASKS OUTSIDE, DISTANCE. SOMEBODY MIGHT PUT THREE UP TO WHERE I HAVE TWO, BUT THOSE ARE THINGS THAT DRIVE HOW WE STAY SAFE. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE, FIRST OF ALL, AND UNDERSTAND THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE, AND WE ARE SEEING AN UPTICK, AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT AND THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE ENDING UP IN HOSPITALS. IT’S NOT GONE. WE JUST HAVE TO TREAT IT WITH RESPECT. THAT IS ALL. LIKE WHEN YOU ARE A KID, YOU TALK ABOUT ELECTRICITY. TREAT THAT WITH RESPECT. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND. IT STILL VERY MUCH — IT STILL IS VERY MUCH HERE. REPORTER: ON TUESDAY, INDIANA’S MASK ORDER IS SET TO EXPIRE. I WAS WONDERING, AS THE LANDSCAPE OF SURROUNDING STATES MANDATES AND CASES CONTINUED TO CHANGE, ARE YOU CONCERNED AT ALL ABOUT OTHER STATES’ SITUATION BLEEDING INTO OHIO? MAY CHANGING THE SITUATION HERE? — MAYBE CHANGING THE SITUATION HERE? >> FRANKLY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT INDIANA’S COMPLIANCE IS NOW AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE AFTERWARDS. WE BORDER A NUMBER OF STATES, AND WHAT IS GOING ON IN OTHER STATES CERTAINLY CAN HAVE SOME IMPACT ON WHAT GOES ON IN OHIO. OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH, WE FEEL VERY BAD THEY ARE GOING THROUGH WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH. WE ALSO KNOW THAT CAN HAVE AND IS PROBABLY ALREADY HAVING SOME IMPACT IN THE NORTHERN PART OF OHIO. WE ARE CERTAINLY IMPACTED BY WHATEVER IS GOING ON AROUND US. >> WITH THIS NEW SIMPLE FIGHT HEALTH ORDER, ARE THESE MANDATES OR NOT? ARE THEY JUST GUIDANCES? >> NO, A MASK ORDER IS STILL ON. IT HAS NOT REALLY CHANGED. YOU WILL SEE WHAT HAS CHANGED, THE MASS GATHERING IS GONE, PER SE. WE HAVE OVER THE MONTHS CREATED A LOT OF EXCEPTIONS TO IT. NOW IT’S TIME TO MOVE ALONG AND PUT IN SOME GUIDANCE THAT IS REALLY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE KNOW TODAY. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO, THE GUIDANCE THAT WE ARE PUTTING OUT THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS IS GUIDANCE BASED UPON THE MEDICAL INFORMATION, HEALTH INFORMATION WE KNOW TODAY. >> JUST A REALLY QUICK FOLLOW-UP, ARE YOU INTENTIONALLY FORCING THE HAND OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVERTURNING ANY OF THIS? >> THIS IS NOT HAVING TO DO WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THIS IS A DECISION WE MADE WITHOUT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WHATEVER THEY PASSED. THIS IS NOT INFLUENCED BY THAT. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SAID. WE ARE TRYING TO BE CLEAR, GET BACK TO BASICS. IT IS LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM SAYS, THE COACH SAYS LET’S GO OUT THERE, SOMEBODY ELSE SAYS GO OUT AND DO IT. I DON’T MEAN THAT I AM THE COACH, BUT THE POINT IS THE GUIDANCE. TO GUIDANCE HAS TO BE BACK TO BASICS. WE’LL HAVE TO GET BACK TO BASICS. OHIOANS HAVE DONE PHENOMENALLY WELL IN REGARDS TO THE. — TO THAT. REPORTER: HELLO GOVERNOR. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE QUESTION. WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST BEGAN, HE ORDERED PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO — YOU ORDERED PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO LOOK FOR WORK IF THEY ARE COLLECTING UNAPPOINTED BENEFITS. DECEMBER 6, YOU RESCINDED THAT FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE APPLYING FOR UNAPPOINTED BENEFITS AFTER DECEMBER 6. CONCEIVABLY, TENS OF THOUSANDS IF NOT MORE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN COLLECTING AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS PRIOR TO DECEMBER 6 STILL ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LOOK FOR WORK. AREN’T WE CREATING A WELFARE STATE BY NOT RESENDING THAT AND HAVING PEOPLE BE FORCED WERE REQUIRED TO LOOK FOR WORK IF THEY ARE ON AN APPOINTMENT BENEFITS? >> CERTAINLY NO ONE INTENDS TO CREATE A WELFARE STATE. IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM OUR MIND. KEEP IN MIND, I AM HAPPY TO HAVE OUR LAWYERS TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. BUT WE FOLLOWED UP WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE ARE FOLLOWING THEIR RULES IN REGARDS TO THE ADDITIONAL UNAPPOINTED. WITH REGARD TO OUR UN-LIMIT LAWS. I WILL HAVE OUR TEAM LOOK AT THIS AND PRESENT MORE TO CLARIFY THAT, I WILL BE HAPPY TO SHARE THAT IN OUR NEXT PRESS CONFERENCE. THANK YOU ALL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK ON THURSDAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Coronavirus latest: 1,030,864 cases in Ohio; 430,860 in Kentucky; 693,452 in Indiana


The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus. Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 1,030,864, 18,741 deaths | Kentucky 430,860 cases, 6,198 deaths | Indiana, 693,452 cases, 12,684 deathsEducational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resourcesCORONAVIRUS IN OHIOOhio’s newly simplified pandemic restrictions will continue requirements for wearing masks and social distancing in public but will ease rules for large outdoor gatherings such as graduations and festivals, state officials said Monday.Though the state will no longer limit the size of such events, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said participants would be asked to stay separated in groups of 10 or fewer – rather than merging into one huge crowd – to help reduce possible spread of the coronavirus. Asked how that would be enforced at a typically crowded festival, DeWine said: “People just need to use common sense.”Indoor facilities are still limited to 25% of fixed seating capacity.The Ohio restrictions issued throughout the pandemic are being updated and consolidated this week to make them simpler for residents and event organizers to understand, state officials said.They emphasize the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, staying in smaller groups and sanitizing, health director Stephanie McCloud said.DeWine also said the state doesn’t intend to require a coronavirus vaccination for K-12 or college students next school year. But he urged those age 16 and up who are eligible for the vaccine to get it.CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKYKentucky reported more than 340 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as the state’s rate of positive coronavirus cases stayed below 3%.Thirteen more virus-related deaths were reported, including six deaths discovered through the state’s ongoing audit of deaths from prior months. The state’s virus-related death toll surpassed 6,180.Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, and if they’ve already done so, he encouraged them to help others get signed up for their “shot of hope.” “This is an all-hands-on-deck effort,” Beshear said in a news release. “We are in a race against harmful COVID-19 variants that could threaten the progress we’ve all sacrificed so much to achieve.”The state reported 344 new coronavirus cases and said the rate of positive cases was 2.89%.More than 370 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 116 in intensive care units.CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANAThe Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that 1,260 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus to 693,452 following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.To date, 12,694 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. Another 405 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. A total of 3,285,393 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,281,732 on Tuesday. A total of 9,078,051 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Additional locations and appointments are being added as more vaccine becomes available.As of Wednesday, a total of 3,118,886 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 1,827,696 first doses and 1,291,190 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.Symptoms:According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.Emergency warning signs include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusion or inability to arouseBluish lips or face*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:Resources: – Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634- Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725- Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteWhat to do if you think you have it:Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician. Helpful tips and guides: → Here’s what you should do if you already have the coronavirus → Dealing with stress, anxiety during coronavirus outbreak→ These viral social media coronavirus posts are FALSE→ How long should you wash your hands to avoid the coronavirus?→ Guidance for self isolation and home quarantine→ How to clean your car for coronavirus→ A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads→ This map tracks the coronavirus in real time→ How to work from home without losing your sanity

The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.

Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.

LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 1,030,864, 18,741 deaths | Kentucky 430,860 cases, 6,198 deaths | Indiana, 693,452 cases, 12,684 deaths

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CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO

Ohio’s newly simplified pandemic restrictions will continue requirements for wearing masks and social distancing in public but will ease rules for large outdoor gatherings such as graduations and festivals, state officials said Monday.

Though the state will no longer limit the size of such events, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said participants would be asked to stay separated in groups of 10 or fewer – rather than merging into one huge crowd – to help reduce possible spread of the coronavirus.

Asked how that would be enforced at a typically crowded festival, DeWine said: “People just need to use common sense.”

Indoor facilities are still limited to 25% of fixed seating capacity.

The Ohio restrictions issued throughout the pandemic are being updated and consolidated this week to make them simpler for residents and event organizers to understand, state officials said.

They emphasize the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, staying in smaller groups and sanitizing, health director Stephanie McCloud said.

DeWine also said the state doesn’t intend to require a coronavirus vaccination for K-12 or college students next school year. But he urged those age 16 and up who are eligible for the vaccine to get it.

CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY

Kentucky reported more than 340 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as the state’s rate of positive coronavirus cases stayed below 3%.

Thirteen more virus-related deaths were reported, including six deaths discovered through the state’s ongoing audit of deaths from prior months. The state’s virus-related death toll surpassed 6,180.

Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, and if they’ve already done so, he encouraged them to help others get signed up for their “shot of hope.”

“This is an all-hands-on-deck effort,” Beshear said in a news release. “We are in a race against harmful COVID-19 variants that could threaten the progress we’ve all sacrificed so much to achieve.”

The state reported 344 new coronavirus cases and said the rate of positive cases was 2.89%.

More than 370 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 116 in intensive care units.

CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA

The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that 1,260 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

That brings the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus to 693,452 following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

To date, 12,694 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. Another 405 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

A total of 3,285,393 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,281,732 on Tuesday. A total of 9,078,051 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.

Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Additional locations and appointments are being added as more vaccine becomes available.

As of Wednesday, a total of 3,118,886 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 1,827,696 first doses and 1,291,190 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Symptoms:

According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:

Resources:

Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634

Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725

Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

What to do if you think you have it:

Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician.

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1,030,864 cases in Ohio; 430,860 in Kentucky; 693,452 in Indiana Source link 1,030,864 cases in Ohio; 430,860 in Kentucky; 693,452 in Indiana

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