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Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | August 13, 2020

Below are the updates from the August 13, 2020 press conference with Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 2:00 PM.

 

 

 

Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | August 13, 2020

 

 

Below are the updates from yesterday’s press conference with Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 2:00 PM.

 

Here’s the news from yesterday:

 

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
    • 99,856 confirmed cases
    • 5,570 probable cases
    • 105,426 total cases
    • 12,023 hospitalizations
    • 3,481 confirmed deaths
    • 274 probable deaths
    • 3,755 total deaths
    • 2,743 ICU admissions
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.

 

    • Upgraded to Level 3 (Red): Brown, Clermont, Muskingum
    • Remaining at Level 3 (Red): Cuyahoga, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, and Montgomery
    • Downgraded to Level 2 (Orange): Allen and Medina
    • Downgraded to Level 1 (Yellow): Adams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Knox, Lake, Paulding, and Williams
    • There are no counties on Ohio’s Watch List

 

  • Today, Governor DeWine released the final Minority Health Strike Force report and the state's executive response. The Minority Health Strike Force was formed in April to examine the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on minority communities, as well as broader health disparities and racial injustices. The COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint lists 34 recommendations on dismantling racism, removing public health obstacles, improving the social/economic and physical environments, and strengthening data collection to better track disparities.

 

  • In response to the Strike Force's report, Governor DeWine issued Ohio’s Executive Response: A Plan of Action to Advance Equity. The action plan outlines efforts to reinforce the DeWine Administration's commitment to advancing health equity and establishing Ohio as a model for justice, equity, opportunity, and resilience.

 

  • As part of his commitment to equity, Governor DeWine also announced the creation of the new Ohio Governor's Equity Advisory Board. The Board will work to improve Ohio’s work to dismantle racism and promote health equity. Board members will draw on the expertise within Ohio’s communities of color and will represent diverse viewpoints from sectors like education, healthcare, public and private business, community organizations, and members of the criminal justice community.

 

  • Ohioans filed 20,969 initial jobless claims last week, according to statistics the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported to the U.S. Dept. of Labor today. This was 253,246 fewer than the peak earlier this year. Ohioans filed 374,751 continued jobless claims last week, which were 401,551 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

 

  • Over the last 21 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $5.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 778,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, about 94% have been processed, with about 6% pending. In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $5 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to more than 514,000 PUA claimants.

 

  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email [email protected].

As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.

 

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