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: 601937

Reported Deaths: 9593
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion831111322
Lake44972678
Allen32498545
Hamilton29039315
St. Joseph27133380
Elkhart24291343
Vanderburgh19160246
Tippecanoe17799130
Johnson14871292
Porter14631167
Hendricks14188247
Madison10851219
Vigo10636178
Clark10520137
Monroe9299110
Delaware9055134
LaPorte8972160
Howard8134142
Kosciusko800382
Warrick665197
Hancock6575103
Bartholomew637999
Floyd6322109
Wayne6076161
Grant5937113
Dubois552578
Boone544967
Morgan530594
Henry503464
Marshall499884
Cass478663
Dearborn470745
Noble468357
Jackson420747
Shelby410781
Lawrence387478
Clinton370642
Gibson365559
DeKalb344264
Montgomery340754
Harrison340544
Knox333139
Miami317344
Steuben311545
Whitley301725
Wabash299747
Adams299035
Ripley296545
Putnam292049
Huntington288659
Jasper287634
White270340
Daviess266073
Jefferson257938
Fayette245148
Decatur244883
Greene238162
Posey236927
Wells233350
LaGrange226361
Scott221838
Clay220932
Randolph212148
Jennings195836
Sullivan190833
Spencer188019
Fountain182127
Washington182022
Starke174443
Jay166322
Owen162837
Fulton162330
Orange156333
Carroll155415
Rush153318
Perry151227
Vermillion147334
Franklin146933
Tipton130932
Parke13018
Pike115626
Blackford110522
Pulaski96137
Newton90521
Brown86833
Benton85910
Crawford7839
Martin72313
Warren6757
Switzerland6455
Union6227
Ohio4787
Unassigned0375

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 849704

Reported Deaths: 10518
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin100046706
Cuyahoga845231068
Hamilton63092447
Montgomery42660405
Summit34405754
Lucas31041611
Butler30546229
Stark25443429
Warren19436140
Lorain18767223
Mahoning17163337
Lake15882153
Clermont15697110
Delaware1422678
Licking13067137
Trumbull12680313
Fairfield1262180
Greene11915136
Medina11439167
Clark10802265
Wood10230158
Allen9774126
Portage9163107
Miami907373
Richland9035117
Marion7420113
Tuscarawas7280179
Columbiana7263124
Pickaway719550
Wayne6954169
Muskingum690741
Erie6090127
Hancock547590
Ross543487
Scioto533664
Geauga501155
Darke465591
Ashtabula449373
Lawrence447053
Union444928
Sandusky433062
Mercer432088
Huron423541
Seneca423465
Auglaize419662
Shelby419421
Jefferson415469
Belmont411240
Washington383340
Athens37379
Putnam372674
Madison349929
Knox347922
Ashland342538
Fulton335243
Defiance327782
Crawford319472
Preble318437
Brown307121
Logan304132
Ottawa289243
Clinton286643
Williams275866
Highland271818
Jackson261345
Guernsey249825
Champaign249328
Fayette234429
Morrow23014
Perry228318
Holmes222864
Henry216849
Hardin210133
Coshocton203521
Van Wert200545
Gallia194726
Wyandot193851
Pike172417
Adams172015
Hocking169824
Carroll153216
Paulding143221
Noble119940
Meigs106823
Monroe100331
Harrison87821
Morgan82229
Vinton68913
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