COVID-19 Replace

October 20, 2020

Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Breann Almos: 614-799-6480

File-Breaking Hospitalizations, $1.3 Billion for Ohio Companies, Unfold from Social Gatherings

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted at this time offered the next updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Governor DeWine introduced at this time that hospitals throughout Ohio are presently treating 1,221 COVID-19 sufferers which is essentially the most hospitalized sufferers at one time because the begin of the pandemic. A complete of 216 of those hospitalizations had been reported prior to now 24 hours which is the very best variety of hospitalizations reported in a single day and greater than 50 hospitalizations greater than the earlier excessive in mid-July. 

Ohio can also be recording a rise in ICU admissions and ventilator utilization. 

Hospitalization Chart

“To date, Ohio’s hospitals nonetheless have satisfactory remaining capability to care for everybody who’s sick, however our hospitalizations are already breaking data, and we’re not seeing any indicators of Ohio’s case numbers slowing down,” stated Governor DeWine. “If we don’t buckle down, put on our masks, and handle one another, I’m very involved that our hospitals will start to refill. We pushed this virus down earlier than, and it is as much as all of us to do it once more.”

Ohio additionally reported 2,015 new COVID-19 circumstances since yesterday. Sixty-nine of Ohio’s 88 counties have a excessive incidence of COVID-19 unfold, which means their fee of circumstances is greater than 100 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants prior to now two weeks. 


The White Home Coronavirus Job Power strongly recommends that Ohioans restrict gatherings with household and associates to forestall the virus from spreading to these most prone to issues. The advice follows the rise in group unfold in Ohio initiated by small social gatherings.

“It’s the identical factor I’m listening to once I communicate with county well being commissioners. They’re seeing essentially the most unfold in Ohio from casual gatherings,” stated Governor DeWine. “We will’t let our guard down; we should hold our masks on.”

Governor DeWine additionally urged warning for sports activities followers who collect this weekend to look at the Ohio State, Browns, and Bengals soccer video games. 


Dividend checks from the Ohio Bureau of Employees Compensation will probably be mailed to employers starting this week.  The dividend quantity totals roughly $1.3 billion.

The cash is being given again to employers in response to Governor DeWine’s request in August that the Ohio BWC Board of Administrators approve a second dividend to supply monetary help for private and non-private employers impacted by the continuing pandemic.

These checks will probably be mailed to employers all through the top of October. 

A large-ranging program to deal with the wants of struggling Ohioans, together with funding for hire, mortgages, and water and sewer utility payments, in addition to funding for small companies and nonprofits, will probably be introduced within the close to future. 


Lt. Governor Jon Husted offered an replace from the Ohio Excessive College Athletic Affiliation (OHSAA) on the standing of highschool fall sports activities.

OHSAA Observers have attended 458 websites, together with 600 soccer video games, not less than 50 volleyball matches, and not less than 50 soccer matches over the course of eight weeks.

The OHSAA offers studies to the colleges following the competitions to function an academic alternative for the varsity to enhance.


Ohio’s new long-term care facility dashboard is now accessible at The brand new dashboard outlines visitation data at nursing amenities throughout the state. These with family members in a nursing facility can seek for data by county or facility to search out data on the kinds of visits which might be supplied and when they’re permitted. Nursing amenities had been permitted to permit indoor visitations starting October 12. 

Particulars relating to the visitation tips for Ohio’s intermediate care amenities could be present in a public well being order issued on September 24. Visitation at intermediate care amenities was permitted to renew on September 28.


Governor DeWine introduced that Ohio has submitted its Interim Draft COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The plan is a framework on how Ohio will proceed as soon as a vaccine is accessible. The plan will probably be accessible tomorrow at

The Ohio Division of Well being can even be launching a brand new registration device for well being care suppliers who wish to ultimately administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Suppliers, comparable to native well being departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing amenities, will probably be notified quickly with directions about how they’ll register.


The Ohio Division of Well being has developed a expertise resolution to permit their techniques to trace detrimental check outcomes. In response, Interim Director of Well being Lance Himes at this time amended a directive that now requires all labs to start out sharing all constructive, detrimental, inconclusive, and invalid check outcomes associated to COVID-19 assessments with the Ohio Division of Well being.

Beforehand, labs had been reporting constructive COVID-19 outcomes on the particular person degree and as an mixture rely for all different check outcomes.  

“Including these classes will enable us to collect further knowledge for a extra full image of how COVID is spreading in our communities,” stated Governor DeWine. This can even enable us to supply positivity knowledge by county within the coming weeks.”


Governor DeWine as soon as once more urged Ohio residents to get their flu pictures this yr.  An individual can change into contaminated with each the flu virus and coronavirus on the identical time.

For those who change into ailing this season, many healthcare suppliers will check for each flu and COVID-19 to get a correct prognosis. Whereas the signs could be related, COVID-19 is extra critical, its signs last more, these hospitalized are likely to have longer hospital stays, and the virus has the next mortality fee. 

Flu vs. COVID


There are 185,639 confirmed and possible circumstances of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,083 confirmed and possible COVID-19 deaths. A complete of 17,388 folks have been hospitalized, together with 3,597 admissions to intensive care models. In-depth knowledge could be accessed by visiting 

Video of at this time’s full replace, together with variations with international language translation, could be considered on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube web page. 

For extra data on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, go to or name 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.




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