Gov. DeWine delays announcing reopening of child care centers

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine via AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held off on announcing when the rest of the state’s child care centers can reopen, saying Monday that it’s essential to get the details right.

Posted: May 11, 2020 5:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held off on announcing when the rest of the state’s child care centers can reopen, saying Monday that it’s essential to get the details right.

The plan is still being constructed, and the Republican governor said he did not want to rush the decision.

“Reopening child care centers is simply too important to do so without all the best information and protocols in place,” said DeWine, who indicated last week that he planned to release a plan on Monday.

With Ohio’s retail stores opening on Tuesday and many offices and factories already operating, many workers are being called back to work but don’t have anyone to look after their children.

Only a limited number of child care centers that are caring for the families of essential workers are currently allowed to be open.

DeWine said he understands that child care is an important part of people going back to work, but added he wasn’t comfortable announcing how that will happen until he’s sure it’s safe for families and child care workers.

“It really is a moral imperative that we do this right,” he said.

FIRST CASES

New testing shows the first COVID-19 case was in Ohio two months before first thought, according to the state health department.

Antibody testing has found there were five cases of the coronavirus in January in five different counties, state Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said. Initially, the first three cases were reported on March 9.

The onset of the first known case was Jan. 7 in Miami County, according to the department.

The county north of Dayton had one of the earliest and largest outbreaks at two nursing homes where dozens of residents died.

Increased antibody testing will allow health officials to learn more about the disease and how long it has been spreading, Acton said.

COUNTY FAIRS

No decision has been made on whether Ohioans will get to enjoy thrill rides, tractor pulls and fried food stands at county fairs this summer, DeWine said.

While the governor didn’t sound optimistic, he did add that fair organizers are being encouraged to figure out how to preserve their junior livestock and 4-H programs.

Because Ohio’s fairs go throughout the summer and into early fall, it’s too early to know what will happen, he said.

NURSING HOMES

DeWine said it’s unlikely the state could comply with a White House directive Monday that strongly recommended to governors that all residents and staff at nursing homes be tested in the next two weeks.

The governor said the state has had a specific plan for nursing homes in place for weeks, including pairing local hospitals with nursing homes, making it a priority to get personal protective equipment, and sending an emergency response team to a nursing home whenever there’s suspicion of a positive test.

The state is ramping up its testing statewide, and expects to hit more than 22,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

That increase will also help if hotspots develop in nursing homes, DeWine said.

With more than 150,000 nursing home residents, Ohio has nowhere near the testing to meet the White House goal, said Pete Van Runkle of the Ohio Health Care Association, the top lobbying group for nursing homes.

An effort to test all residents in northwestern Ohio was shut down last week after a private lab ran out of tests, he said.

CASES

The number of confirmed and probable deaths associated with the coronavirus in Ohio has reached 1,357, state health officials said Monday.

At least 1,236 deaths were confirmed by the Ohio Department of Health and another 121 were considered probable under guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of confirmed and probable cases neared 25,000 and hospitalizations topped 4,400, the department said.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks.

Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 749097

Reported Deaths: 13745
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030271775
Lake554211006
Allen41613691
St. Joseph36933564
Hamilton36505416
Elkhart29347459
Tippecanoe22849225
Vanderburgh22540400
Porter19313325
Johnson18386387
Hendricks17583317
Clark13190193
Madison13111344
Vigo12602253
LaPorte12385221
Monroe12152175
Delaware10947197
Howard10250225
Kosciusko9609119
Hancock8541144
Bartholomew8158157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7763180
Grant7227179
Wayne7154201
Boone6911103
Morgan6735141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6205116
Cass5989108
Henry5893108
Dearborn588878
Noble579786
Jackson508374
Shelby500697
Lawrence4727121
Gibson444093
Harrison440473
Clinton439855
DeKalb438585
Montgomery433890
Whitley405642
Huntington402181
Steuben398659
Miami392568
Jasper386254
Knox375690
Putnam371860
Wabash360583
Ripley346470
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White329753
Daviess3028100
Wells294881
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284664
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269855
Clay265448
Randolph244683
Washington244534
Jennings235149
Spencer234131
Starke227558
Fountain218347
Sullivan213943
Owen210858
Fulton201542
Jay200832
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175626
Vermillion173544
Franklin170135
Tipton165746
Parke148916
Pike137934
Blackford136032
Pulaski120047
Newton112636
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton100814
Martin91415
Warren83515
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0421

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1106796

Reported Deaths: 20091
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1284601459
Cuyahoga1155792204
Hamilton812751245
Montgomery524631040
Summit48327999
Lucas43289817
Butler38886603
Stark33275929
Lorain25631502
Warren24554303
Mahoning22327601
Lake21133385
Clermont20095252
Delaware18815135
Licking16643222
Fairfield16552204
Trumbull16520479
Medina15592270
Greene15246246
Clark14216306
Wood13276197
Portage13226214
Allen11904239
Richland11596211
Miami10832223
Wayne9112222
Columbiana9016230
Muskingum8889135
Pickaway8646122
Marion8633138
Tuscarawas8633247
Erie8049164
Ashtabula7136179
Hancock6995131
Ross6932161
Geauga6831150
Scioto6525104
Belmont6148174
Union583549
Lawrence5722102
Jefferson5669158
Huron5539122
Sandusky5433125
Darke5414129
Seneca5342126
Washington5307109
Athens523360
Auglaize501587
Mercer487385
Shelby476195
Knox4567112
Madison443665
Ashland435097
Putnam4333103
Fulton431871
Defiance431798
Crawford4031110
Brown401861
Logan387177
Preble3847103
Clinton378166
Ottawa372581
Highland359165
Williams347578
Champaign343558
Guernsey324153
Jackson317254
Perry297150
Morrow291240
Fayette285450
Hardin274865
Henry273267
Holmes2697101
Coshocton268359
Van Wert247264
Adams242856
Pike242735
Gallia240450
Wyandot234556
Hocking220062
Carroll196648
Paulding176342
Meigs148240
Monroe136144
Noble135739
Harrison113638
Morgan109624
Vinton85417
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