Statewide Stay-Home Order Issued for Ohioans

Clay Curtis
March 23, 2020

In the latest series of actions taken by the OH state government and Governor Mike DeWine to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), DeWine announced at his Sunday afternoon press conference that OH would be issuing a statewide stay at home as signed by the state's Director of the Department of Health, Amy Acton.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, which is an increase of over 100 from yesterday's total. In the Mahoning Valley, there are 18 cases in Mahoning County, three in Trumbull County and two in Columbiana County. "Nothing in that order that I've not been asking you to do for the last week", DeWine said. "It does permit exceptions to staying home". DeWine repeated that these protocols will now be part of an order, "not a suggestion", and that they can be enforced by both local health departments and law enforcement.

The order gives an exception to essential activities, including activities for health and safety, acquiring necessary supplies and services, outdoor activities, and activities to care for others - "common sense" exceptions, according to the governor.

Officials in OH have issued a "stay at home" order for the entire state.

If there is a violation, DeWine said he hopes the officers and deputies will talk to whomever is involved, first give them a warning, and then decide from there how to react.

"Today is the final order", she said.

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Residents are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing and to limit non-essential excursions outside of the house. There are now more than 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins.

Ohioans can leave home to take care of others. These are the accepted businesses that are essential for us to continue to live. The order is reasonable, he said, and keeping people at home and preventing transmission of the virus can help buy time so that the state's hospitals do not become overwhelmed, he said. At the beginning of COVID-19's spread in OH, there were 117,000 kids in daycare subsidized. This does not include private daycare centers.

"All childcare centers, beginning on Thursday, must operate under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license", DeWine stated. Facilities will be limited to a maximum of six children per classroom, what DeWine called a "dramatic" but necessary shift.

"The law is an instructor and a deterrent", DeWine said.

Acton, too, continued to uncork wartime rhetoric, but said she had never been more hopeful that Ohioans would pull through the current pandemic.

If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.

Governor DeWine says carry-out food is still okay.

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