CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As of Monday, the Department of Health said 1,657 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 28,454 cases reported statewide.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, of the state’s Department of Health, held a briefing on Monday to discuss the latest cases and the continuing progress being made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The state reported a total of 4,998 coronavirus-related hospitalizations and a total of 1,328 ICU admissions.
The state’s numbers, according to Dr. Acton, which now include probable cases per CDC guidelines, likely don’t reflect all of the cases because testing is only being used to screen individuals who are hospitalized or work in the health care field.
She also described that seeing a significant increase in daily cases shouldn’t be alarming because the testing capacity is expanding.
Gov. DeWine confirmed a second nurse working in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction system has died from COVID-19.
Bernad Atta, 61, worked at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.
Tina Reeves, a nurse at Pickaway Correctional Institution, died of COVID-19 in April.
Reeves worked as a nurse in the prison system for 14 years.
“With a heavy heart, we send condolences to her family and loved ones in this most difficult of times. As we mourn the loss, but celebrate the life of Tina Reeves, we continue to pray for our staff working everyday to fight the war against COVID-19. Thank you to our staff who are making daily sacrifices to keep Ohio safe."
Gov. DeWine addressed restaurants and bars not enforcing social distancing policies since patios were allowed open on Friday.
He said there is a significant risk if they open and if they stay closed, referring to the health of the people and the health of the economy.
We cannot have a successful reopening of the economy if there are surges of COVID-19, according to the Governor.
Gov. DeWine said “When we look at how restaurants/bars operate, distance is key. We got reports over the weekend that most were doing an amazing job. But, it’s clear that we have some outliers - businesses that were not doing what they should do.”
Gov. DeWine said it is up to the bars and restaurants to enforce the social distancing guidelines and Dr. Amy Acton’s orders.
Gov. DeWine said law enforcement and health officials will coordinate to conduct safety compliance checks at crowded bars and restaurants.
Those who violate these orders could be given citations and may lose their liquor license, according to Gov. DeWine.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reminded bars and restaurants that the order states bars and restaurants can only serve patrons who are seating.
Those outdoor patios (and soon indoor dining areas) cannot allow patrons to pack the establishment by standing together.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said officials will be working with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to develop protocols for upcoming seasons.
Gov. DeWine said, “we won’t hesitate to do what we have to do to protect Ohio” when he was asked if he would reorder shutdowns if there was a surge in cases.