Union County Moves To a Level 3 Public Health Alert | 1490 WMRN

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 20, 2020

This initiative brings together partners at the local level as well as partners in the chamber of commerce and urban leagues across the state.

New counties upgraded to Red Alert Level 3 were mandated to begin wearing masks in public beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.

1,024 Ohioans are now hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Of the total cases reported by ODH, 66,540 are confirmed. Athens City Council this week enacted a public mask requirement.

Trumbull County joins Mahoning County at Level 2 on the map.

While issuing a dire warning "our state's life is now in danger", with OH at risk of joining COVID-19-slammed states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas, DeWine said of new orders: "That's a discussion for another time". There are no counties under that level four category, and DeWine says Franklin, Hamilton, and Butler Counties seem to have slowed the spread, and have been taken off the watchlist.

Data released today by the Ohio Department of Health places 19 of Ohio's 88 counties - including the most populous - under a level three public health advisory, triggering a public health order requiring masks worn indoors and when social distancing is not possible.

The seven-day average of positive tests has climbed to 6.4% after standing at 4.5% on June 21, according to state health data.

This afternoon, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced a $20 million in grant funding through The Ohio Development Services Agency to help Ohio manufacturers produce much-needed personal protective equipment.

The projects are expected to create 829 new jobs and retain 1,133 existing jobs. Grant funds can be used to retool or expand existing facilities in OH, construct new facilities, purchase equipment, or upgrade technology. More than half of the awards are going to small businesses with less than 25 employees.

"What's going to happen in the fall when these kids come back to school and OU is back and you have thousands and thousands of kids?" he said. This includes face mask, shields, gloves, gowns and thermometers.

The figures are updated daily by the Ohio Department of Health at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon.

The state also reported 115 additional hospitalizations, continuing a spike of those needing inpatient treatment, and 28 more deaths.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 1,290 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. Two people are now hospitalized, and the death total is still two.

Video of Thurdsay's full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.

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