Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed a stay at home order Sunday afternoon.
Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement that it goes into effect at 11:59pm Monday night (March 23, 2020). He said there are exceptions to the order, “Leaving home for essential activities is permitted. For health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity; take a walk, walk your dog, go to a park, although playgrounds, which are particularly susceptible to the spread of the disease, are closed.”
The Governor said certain professions are excluded in the order, “And I want to point out that we used the Homeland Security document identifying essential workers. This document has been used, I know, by several other states as well. I think these are generally the accepted businesses that are essential for us to continue to live.”
Dr. Acton called this our one shot at leveling the numbers of coronavirus cases, “All of us are going to have to sacrifice, and I know someday we’ll be looking back and wondering what was it we did in this moment. There will be so many heros, “I’m following your stories everyday. You’re heroic when you stay at home and watch your neighbor who’s a nurse’s child. Everyone is being heroic now, and I can tell you that every action you’re taking is mattering, but this is that moment. It is our one shot.”
As of Sunday afternoon, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state was at 351, with three deaths.
In our region, cases were confirmed in Hancock, Marion and Union Counties.
Although not listed among confirmed cases on the state website, Logan County Health Commissioners Dr. Boyd Hodinott confirmed a case for Logan County. He said a patient is currently isolated and hospitalized out of county.
No other information on the cases is being released at this time to protect the individual and to follow HIPAA guidelines.
The complete stay at home order as well as latest numbers and important information can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
or by clicking here: Official Stay at Home Order