While protesters and many businesses and workers complain that Ohio is still in lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday, April 27, announced hospitals will be the first to expand operations by allowing regular hospital procedures that don’t require an overnight stay to be done starting May 1.
On May 4, manufacturers, distributors and construction businesses will get the green light and general offices can also reopen. All workers will be required to maintain social distancing and recommended to wear face covers. It is also recommended that anyone who can work from home should continue to do so.
“We’re doing (the reopenings) in as safe of a way as humanly possible, based on what we have learned and what health experts have advised us,” said DeWine at his regular Monday press conference.
DeWine has yet to announce a timetable for opening restaurants, bars, hair salons, gymnasiums and day care centers. Schools will continue to be closed for the rest of the school year.
Ohio has reported 16,325 cases of COVID-19, with 753 deaths as of Monday, April 27. Ottawa County has 37 cases, with 11 hospitalizations and no deaths. In the U.S., there have been 988,469 cases and 56,253 deaths.