Deferred Elective Procedures, CARES Act Payments, 1099 Unemployment Claims, First Responder PPE, Testing Partnership, Prison Update, Census 2020
DEFERRED ELECTIVE PROCEDURES:
Governor DeWine announced today that he has asked the Ohio Hospital Association to begin developing a plan to begin treating patients whose non-COVID-19 elective procedures were delayed or deferred due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Ohio Department of Health previously ordered that elective surgeries be postponed to expand hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients and to conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is in short supply.
CARES ACT/SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS:
Lt. Governor Husted announced that by the end of next week, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will be able to begin processing the additional $600-a-week payments authorized by the federal CARES Act.
ODJFS also plans to launch an online tool that will allow self-employed, 1099 workers to get in line early, so that as soon as they have the technological ability to process their claims, they will already have their paperwork in and be in line for review. The department expects to be able to begin processing those claims by May 15, 2020.
FIRST RESPONDER PPE:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the expansion of Ohio's partnership with Battelle to extend their sterilization services to law enforcement agencies and EMS providers.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety and Battelle have now partnered to sterilize N-95 masks for all of Ohio's first responders. Battelle is providing this service for free.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol developed a statewide collection and distribution system to make this process as simple as possible for local first responders.
OSU/TOLEDO TESTING PARTNERSHIP:
Health systems worldwide have struggled due to a critical shortage of test kit components, including the swabs used to collect samples and the sterile solution needed to transport the swabs, called viral transport media (VTM).
Governor DeWine announced that a team of Ohio State University researchers created an in-house "recipe" to make the crucial VTM.
In addition, the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Dentistry, along with the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, Infectious Diseases Institute, and Institute for Materials Research, collaborated with a national consortium that rapidly deployed a design and testing program for 3D printed testing swabs.
PRISON EARLY RELEASE:
Governor DeWine announced today that he is approving the early release of 105 prison inmates in Ohio who had been scheduled to be released in the next 90 days.
Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans to complete the 2020 Census.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census is held every 10 years to help determine how federal funds will be divided among the states. This funding pays for expenses such as road repairs and food assistance programs; it also determines Ohio's number of representatives in the U.S House of Representatives.
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 7,791 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 361 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 2,237 people have been hospitalized, including 677 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.