Judge: Legitimate cause to limit Ohio businesses amid coronavirus

Protesters gather outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, April 20, 2020, to protest the stay home order that is in effect until May 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The judge rejected a Columbus bridal shop’s bid for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed it to reopen.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 5:36 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2020 12:19 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge gave Ohio officials an early victory in a lawsuit challenging the shuttering of nonessential employers in response to the pandemic.

The judge rejected a Columbus bridal shop’s bid for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed it to reopen.

While another hearing on the lawsuit is set for May 11, U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley said in his decision Monday that state officials have legitimate reasons for setting the restrictions on businesses.

The bridal shop and its attorneys argue the state should give businesses a way to appeal individual closings.

But Marbley said that isn’t practical.

Other coronavirus-related developments in Ohio:

SCHOOL SPORTS

The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially canceled spring sports after Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced that schools statewide will stay closed for the remainder of the academic year while classes continue remotely.

Health and safety remains OHSAA’s top priority as it considers how the pandemic might also impact fall sports, Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said.

PRISONS

A former Republican fundraiser convicted in a state investment scandal was released from prison Tuesday after the GOP governor ordered early release for him and some other inmates who are older or have health issues that make them more vulnerable to the virus, The Blade reported.

Former Toledo-area coin dealer Tom Noe, 65, had served nearly 12 years of an 18-year state sentence.

He was freed from Marion Correctional Institution, where about 1,950 of the 2,500 inmates have tested positive for the virus. Noe has not, his attorney told the newspaper.

The Marion prison and the Pickaway Correctional Facility are getting attention as hot spots for coronavirus cases while such facilities around the country struggle to manage amid the pandemic.

CASES

More than 13,700 cases of the virus have been reported statewide, including 557 deaths and 2,800 hospitalizations, Ohio officials said Tuesday.

DeWine announced the death of a resident of Northwest Ohio Developmental Center in Toledo, the first death in a a state developmental center.

DeWine said Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new version of the testing reagent, a development that will significantly expand Ohio’s ability to test for the coronavirus.

DeWine also announced he had appointed former governors Bob Taft, a Republican, and Dick Celeste, a Democrat, to lead a statewide task force focused on obtaining supplies to ramp up testing further.

Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said the state can expect cases to rise as the state gradually reopens May 1.

DeWine called this part of the “high-wire” balancing act Ohio must undergo.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

CELEBRITIES HELP CHARITY

TV talk show host Jerry Springer, the bands OneRepublic and Train, singer-songwriter Jewel and former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo are among the planned participants in a Wednesday night livestream telethon to benefit United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Donations will fund help for people in 10 counties in southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati-based UC Health said Monday that veteran Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife JJ Dalton have donated $150,000 to the UC Health Crisis Response Fund as clinicians work to understand, treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

THE NEW NORMAL

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is encouraging residents to reach out to five people each day for the next month through its “Strive for 5” campaign, whether by phone, email, text, social media, video chat or some other socially distanced means.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 52685

Reported Deaths: 2775
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12192697
Lake5764251
Elkhart372061
Allen2988135
St. Joseph223570
Hamilton1779101
Cass16519
Hendricks1482100
Johnson1366118
Porter86738
Vanderburgh8586
Tippecanoe79510
Clark72844
Madison68564
LaPorte63928
Howard61758
Bartholomew60945
Kosciusko5874
Marshall57412
Noble52628
Boone49744
LaGrange49110
Delaware48452
Jackson4813
Hancock47236
Shelby46225
Floyd42544
Monroe37528
Dubois3447
Morgan34431
Grant33426
Henry30618
Montgomery29720
Clinton2913
White28110
Warrick27929
Dearborn27723
Vigo2638
Decatur25732
Lawrence25325
Harrison22022
Greene20032
Miami1972
Jennings18012
Putnam1758
DeKalb1714
Scott1669
Wayne1656
Perry16010
Daviess15117
Jasper1422
Orange14023
Steuben1403
Ripley1357
Gibson1332
Franklin1288
Wabash1203
Carroll1142
Starke1103
Fayette1087
Whitley1086
Newton10110
Huntington932
Jefferson932
Wells841
Randolph814
Fulton791
Knox730
Jay720
Posey680
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay655
Rush633
Spencer621
Owen541
Sullivan541
Benton510
Adams491
Brown461
Blackford412
Fountain382
Tipton361
Crawford350
Switzerland320
Parke280
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren161
Pike150
Union150
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 67995

Reported Deaths: 3069
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin12574449
Cuyahoga9509400
Hamilton7179208
Lucas3110306
Marion275739
Montgomery264737
Summit2420209
Pickaway223542
Mahoning1996239
Butler194247
Columbiana140560
Stark1252116
Lorain120870
Trumbull107178
Warren106827
Clark83210
Delaware78415
Fairfield75117
Lake64322
Tuscarawas62811
Licking61913
Medina61432
Belmont57224
Clermont5327
Miami52031
Wood51551
Portage50760
Ashtabula45244
Geauga43643
Richland3926
Allen39141
Greene3809
Wayne37856
Erie30822
Mercer30410
Holmes2645
Huron2643
Darke26126
Madison2309
Ottawa21924
Athens2011
Sandusky18015
Coshocton1554
Ross1543
Washington14920
Putnam14615
Crawford1405
Jefferson1322
Morrow1291
Hardin12512
Union1191
Auglaize1124
Muskingum1061
Preble961
Lawrence930
Clinton922
Hancock921
Monroe8917
Hocking848
Guernsey834
Scioto800
Ashland782
Shelby784
Williams772
Logan731
Carroll713
Fulton710
Wyandot665
Brown621
Champaign601
Knox591
Fayette580
Highland581
Defiance563
Perry501
Van Wert501
Seneca432
Henry380
Paulding350
Jackson320
Pike290
Adams282
Vinton232
Gallia211
Noble140
Harrison131
Meigs130
Morgan130
Unassigned00
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