Ohio governor appoints new health director as coronavirus rages

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday appointed a new Health Department director and brought on a chief medical officer for the agency as the coronavirus raged in the state, hitting a number of ominous milestones.

Posted: Nov 5, 2020 5:02 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday appointed a new Health Department director and brought on a chief medical officer for the agency as the coronavirus raged in the state, hitting a number of ominous milestones.

DeWine also said without providing details that he planned to announce additional measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Ohio already has a statewide mask order, a limit— with exceptions — on gatherings over 10 people, and a ban on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m.

“We’re going to do what we can do wherever we can make an impact,” he said, calling the spread of the virus the number one threat to children going to school and businesses staying open.

Most of the spread, DeWine added, is coming from unauthorized mass gatherings and parties.

Stephanie McCloud, currently the administrator of Ohio’s health insurance fund for injured workers, will become the new health director, DeWine said.

She replaces Dr. Amy Acton, who led the agency’s initial response to the pandemic but then abruptly stepped down in June amidst a torrent of conservative criticism.

DeWine’s first attempt at replacing Acton fell apart immediately in September as his new appointee, South Carolina public health director Dr. Joan Duwve, withdrew her name within hours, citing concerns over harassment her family might face.

DeWine said he’s certain McCloud will also face criticism but said he’s confident in her ability to withstand it and do her job.

He also announced the appointment of Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, a top executive at the OhioHealth hospital system, as the Ohio Health Department’s chief medical officer.

He said both officials will have his ear, but suggested McCloud, who is not a doctor, will work on more administrative matters such as creating systems for the distribution of a vaccine and overseeing personnel.

The announcements came minutes after DeWine rattled off a litany of dire statistics about the spread of the coronavirus in Ohio.

Every county in the state is now a high-incident location for the spread, he said. COVID-19 hospitalizations, at 2,075, hit a record Thursday and are up 55% from two weeks ago. The 541 patients in intensive care units is also a record.

Ohio also saw another huge increase — and a record — in its one-day reporting of confirmed and probable cases at 4,961.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 1,503, an increase of 73%, according to The Associated Press’ COVID Tracking Project.

Ohioans must refocus their efforts to slow the spread with the election past, DeWine said.

“This virus doesn’t care if we voted for Donald Trump. It doesn’t care if we voted for Joe Biden,” DeWine said. “It’s coming after all of us.”

Earlier Thursday, the state reported equally bad economic news, as the number of people filing initial unemployment compensation claims spiked over last week.

For the week ending Oct. 31, Ohioans filed 21,263 initial jobless claims, a 21% increase over the previous week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The state also said Ohioans filed 265,613 continuing unemployment claims, considered a more reliable indicator of the economy’s strength. That’s down only slightly from last week.

The state has distributed more than $7.1 billion in payments to more than 833,000 Ohioans during the pandemic.

In recent days, Ohio has begun the process of distributing an additional $420 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to small businesses, struggling renters, bars and restaurants, arts groups and more.

In addition, the state insurance fund for injured workers on Monday approved a record $5 billion in repayments to employers to help ease the economic burden posed by the coronavirus.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 775686

Reported Deaths: 14025
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1066871814
Lake572681031
Allen43500701
Hamilton37653427
St. Joseph37508568
Elkhart29882471
Tippecanoe23732232
Vanderburgh23634405
Porter19690327
Johnson19020394
Hendricks18271323
Clark13730199
Madison13719348
Vigo12949256
Monroe12691180
LaPorte12645225
Delaware11218198
Howard10832237
Kosciusko9851124
Hancock8855150
Bartholomew8343157
Warrick8216157
Floyd8128183
Grant7457181
Boone7289105
Wayne7273201
Morgan6988143
Marshall6376117
Dubois6327118
Cass6130112
Noble607391
Dearborn605878
Henry6001111
Jackson520977
Shelby514898
Lawrence5020128
Gibson471697
Montgomery464792
Clinton462755
DeKalb461485
Harrison459277
Huntington429082
Whitley421045
Steuben414561
Miami411573
Jasper403957
Knox397291
Putnam388762
Wabash373884
Adams358956
Ripley354571
Jefferson351487
White341854
Daviess3110100
Wells305981
Greene298485
Decatur294393
Posey288235
Fayette287764
Scott285458
LaGrange278873
Clay277649
Washington257638
Randolph248583
Jennings243349
Spencer240531
Fountain239050
Starke231559
Owen226759
Sullivan224143
Fulton210446
Jay204132
Carroll200623
Orange194456
Perry193139
Vermillion183444
Rush179127
Tipton174348
Franklin173935
Parke157816
Pike144034
Blackford138732
Pulaski124748
Newton124137
Benton111615
Brown106743
Crawford106716
Martin92715
Warren88715
Switzerland8568
Union73910
Ohio58711
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1132798

Reported Deaths: 20530
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1312911496
Cuyahoga1180592268
Hamilton830231263
Montgomery541901064
Summit491891018
Lucas43982835
Butler40324615
Stark34056941
Lorain26232511
Warren25125312
Mahoning22881614
Lake21602397
Clermont20592261
Delaware19295138
Licking16977227
Fairfield16959207
Trumbull16940493
Medina16019278
Greene15721254
Clark14439309
Portage13548219
Wood13411201
Allen12124245
Richland11870214
Miami11140229
Wayne9344228
Columbiana9282236
Muskingum9207137
Pickaway8796123
Marion8774140
Tuscarawas8756257
Erie8220166
Ashtabula7318180
Hancock7080135
Ross7070165
Geauga7032153
Scioto6887108
Belmont6261179
Lawrence6033106
Union595149
Jefferson5787162
Huron5678122
Sandusky5536130
Darke5476131
Seneca5391128
Washington5391111
Athens528660
Auglaize510587
Mercer492885
Shelby487798
Knox4678112
Ashland450198
Madison450066
Defiance444599
Fulton443275
Putnam4366104
Crawford4152112
Brown414163
Preble3988107
Logan396379
Clinton395667
Ottawa378281
Highland370768
Williams361878
Champaign351760
Guernsey334054
Jackson324954
Perry300550
Morrow298544
Fayette291350
Hardin280465
Henry279067
Coshocton275161
Holmes2735102
Van Wert254465
Gallia254150
Adams253658
Pike247137
Wyandot236557
Hocking224163
Carroll203349
Paulding181542
Meigs153940
Monroe139446
Noble138739
Harrison115738
Morgan112024
Vinton88217
Unassigned04
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