Coronavirus in Ohio Thursday update: Gov. DeWine, ODH Director Dr. Acton to provide 2pm update


BIRTHDAY TODAY. BARBARA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. ALSO, THE DAILY NEWS REPORTER WHO WE WILL HEAR FROM IN A MOMENT, LAURA BISHOFF HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA. NOW LET ME TURN IT OVER TO LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. >>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AND GOOD AFTERNOON TO ALL. IN ADVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, WE WANT TO GIVE THANKS FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION, AND ITS VALUES. TO HONOR THEM TODAY, WE WOULD LIKE TO START WITH THE PLAYING OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM BYTOWNITE OF DAYTON MARCHING BAND. AND I AM A PROUD GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON. I AM A UD FLYER AND THIS PERFORMANCE WAS RECORDED AS PART OF UD’S VIRTUAL GRADUATION. SO LET’S TAKE A LISTEN. . [ MUSIC ] . >>>GREAT. THANKS TO THE UD FLYER MARCHING BAND AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. NOW, TODAY I HAVE COVERED TWO THINGS. I WILL START OUT TODAY COVERING TWO THINGS ONE OF THEM AROUND ATHLETICS AND THE OTHER REGARDING WEDDINGS AND BANQUET RECEPTIONS. WE HAVE BOTH OF THOSE CAME UP IN THE LAST CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD, AND WE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT ON MAY 26th, LEAGUES AND COMPETITIONS COULD RESUME FOR GOLF, BASKETBALL, TENNIS, AND RACKET SPORTS, SOFTBALL AND THE LIKE. THESE ARE ESSENTIALLY NONCONTACT ACTIVITIES. AND WITH THE PROPER OBSERVANCE OF SAFETY PROCEED CALLS AS WE PROMISED THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR NONCONTACT ACTIVITIES SPORTS ARE ON THE CORONAVIRUS WEBSITE. TAKE A LOOK AT THEM. THERE’S A COUPLE UPDATES YOU WANT TO SEE. AN ACCOMPANYING THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS THE FACT GYMS AND REC CENTERS FITNESS CENTERS COULD OPEN ON MAY 26th WITH THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SAFETY PROCEED CALLS. WHAT WE ARE ADDING TO THAT THAT WE WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF TODAY ARE BOWLING ALLEYS, AND THE MINIATURE GOLF BATTING CAGE FACILITIES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO THOSE KIND OF ACTIVITIES. AND THOSE WILL ALSO FOLLOW THE PROPER HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEED CALLS. THOSE CAN BE FOUND AT CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV UNDER RESPONSIBLE RESTART OHIO ALL THOUGH THE BOWLING ALLEY GUIDANCE WILL NOT BE UP UNTIL TOMORROW. ANOTHER THING THAT WE DISCUSSED WAS OUR CONVERSATION WITH THE OHIO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION REGARDING SPORTS AND SKILLS TRAINING. THE PAST NOW DAYS, WE HAVE HAD THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE OHSAA, AND I KNOW THAT MANY OF THEM ARE CONCERNED. STUDENT ATHLETES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PREPARATION FOR SUMMER TRAINING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEARS IN THE SPORTS. THE PLANS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR IN THE FALL ARE BEING DISCUSSED, WE DO KNOW SKILLS TRAINING AND CONDITIONING FOR STUDENTS ATHLETES IS IMPORTANT TO START NOW. AND WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE PROPER TRAINING AND CONDITIONING ARE NOT ONLY ESSENTIAL FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT, BUT THEY CAN ALSO PROPERLY CONDITIONED ATHLETE CAN REDUCE CHANCE FOR INJURY. AND THERE AS RESULT OF THOSE DISCUSSIONS WE ANNOUNCING EFFECTIVE MAY 26th, SKILLS TRAINING CAN RESUME FOR ALL OTHER SPORTS. INCLUDING FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND LACROSSE. SO LONG AS SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE FOLLOWED. INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMBED TO WEIGHT TRAINING AIRCRAFTS JILLITY SKILLS AND OTHER CONDITIONING THAT YOU WOULD USE TO PREPARE FOR THOSE SPORTS. THAT GUIDANCE ON SKILLS TRAINING CAN BE FOUND AT CORONAVIRUS.OHIOLINE.GOV/RESPON IBLE RESTART OHIO. IT’S A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE WORKING GROUP LOOKING AT THE ISSUES AND OHIO HIGH SCHOOLING AT LET SCHOOL AT ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. THIS DOES IN THE MEAN THAT TOURNAMENTS, SCRIMMAGES AND GAMES AND COMPETITIONS CAN BE CONDUCTED IN THE CONTACT TYPE SPORTS. FOR NOW, THOSE ARE LIMITED VICTIMMALS OR GAMES COMPETITIONS LIMITED TO THE ACTIVITIES THAT WE DISCUSSED WITH GOLF RACKET SPORTS, BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL I KNOW WE ARE ALL ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE DAY THAT COMPETITION FOR ALL SPORTS CAN RESUME. AND THE CONVERSATIONS ARE ONGOING WITH THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOLING AT LET BEING ASSOCIATION AND OTHERS ABOUT HOW WE CAN DO THAT. AND WHEN WE CAN DO THAT. BUT FOR NOW, WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE NEXT STEP OF PREPARING FOR THAT DAY THROUGH SKILLS TRAINING. AND IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT A PRACTICAL COMPONENT, PRACTICE COMPONENT OF MAKING THIS HAPPEN WILL INCLUDE A CHANGE IN THE HEALTH ORDER THAT WILL ALLOW SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES TO BE USED FOR SKILLS TRAINING. FOR NONCONTACT SPORTS AND FOR THE NONCONTACT SUPPORTING OF THE SKILLS TRAINING FOR THE SPORTS. AND THE SPORTS THAT WE OUTLINED IN THE MAY 26th GUIDANCE. USE OF THE FACILITIES IS UP TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SUBJECT TO THE RULES OF — THEIR RULES OF OPERATION AS WELL. FOR ALL OF THE STUDENTING AT LOATHES OUT THERE, ATHLETES OUT THERE YOU ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT THE CERTAINTY ABOUT YOUR FUTURE AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU ON THE ISSUES AS SOON AS WE CAN. WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, BUT FOR NOW, THERE’S A REASON FOR OPTIMISM, AND SO LET’S THE TRAINING BEGINNING. WEDDING RECEPTIONS, BANQUET FACILITIES, WE GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON RESPONSE TO THIS, AND EVENTS LIKE WET WEDINGS AND FUNERALS HAVE BEEN EXEMPT FROM THE PUBLIC GATHERING RESTRICTIONS. HOWEVER WEDDING RECEPTION HAVE BEEN EXCEPT AND TODAY THERE’S A MOTH IF ICATION CATERING AND BANQUET CENTERS CAN REOPEN UNDER SIMILAR GUIDELINES AS RESTAURANTS, EFFECTIVE JUNE 1ST, THIS WILL MEAN 6 FOOT DISTANCING BETWEEN TABLES, NO CONGREGATING, AND FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE CROWD SIZES WILL BE LIMITED FOR THOSE FACILITIES AT 300. WE RECOGNIZE THERE ARE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE’S LIVES THAT CAN AND SHOULD GO ON. WE ARE JUST ASKING THAT IT BE DONE SAFELY AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE, TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. WE RECOGNIZE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO GO ON WITH LIFE AND WE ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO HOW TO DO SO AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. WE WANT TO PROCEED WITH CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM WHEN WE FOLLOW THE PROPER PROTOCOLS WE CAN RESUME THE ACTIVITIES IN LIFE WE LOVE WITHOUT NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THE HEALTH OF OUR LOVED ONES. AS WE HAVE SAID ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS DURING THE REOPENING, WE PLACE OUR TRUST IN THE PEOPLE OF OHIO WE CAN DO BOTH. AND THAT CONCLUDES THE UPDATES OF THE REOPENINGS. WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE HANDFUL OF THINGS ROW MAKE, MOST EVERYTHING IS OPERATIONAL IN OHIO. OR WILL BE BY THE END OF THE MONTH A COUPLE ITEMS HANGING OUT THERE BUT THEY ARE WORK THROUGH THOSE. GOVERNOR. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DR. ACTON. >>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL AT HOME. WE WILL START AGAIN WITH THE NUMBERS. AS OF TODAY IN OHIO WE HAVE SEEN 30,167 CASES. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 731 SINCE YESTERDAY. OUR DEATHS HAVE GONE UP IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. WE HAVE REPORTED 55 MORE OHIOANS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19. THAT DEATH TOTAL IS 1,836. NEXT SLIDE. EVERYTHING ELSE REMAINS ABOUT THE SAME. WE ARE INCHING UPWARD OF ABOUT 300,000 TESTS HAVING BEEN DONE IN OHIO, AND, AGAIN, OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS HAVE SLIGHTLY DECREASED BUT OUR ICU INTENSIVE CARE AND VENTILATOR USAGE REMAINED ABOUT FLAT. ALL OUR OTHER NUMBERS ERIC, NEXT SLIDE. AGAIN, GOING UP AND DOWN OVER THE 21 DAY TREND PERIOD, BUT BY IN LARGE, THEY ARE STAYING VERY MUCH PLATEAUED. NEXT SLIDE. WE SEE OUR TESTING NUMBERS BEGINNING TO INCREASE. NEXT. OUR ARE NOT WE WILL BRING THE NUMBER TO YOU. STILL STAYING AT THAT ONE LEVEL WHICH IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. WE HAVE LOTS MORE DATA ON THE WEBSITE FOR YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT. IN MORE DETAIL, BUT WE HAVE REALLY IMPORTANT DATA WE ARE SHARING TODAY. AND I WANT TO GAVE SHOUT OUT. THE GOVERNOR WILL SHARE A LOT MORE WITH YOU. BUT THIS IS WORK ON ISSUES OF OPPORTUNITY AND SOCIAL DETERMINENCE IN OF HEALTH WE HAVE WHAT DATA TEAM WORK ON FOR YEARS BUT THE ACCUMULATION OF DATA PROUD AND WANT TO GAVE SHOUT OUT TO THE TEAM AND TURN IT OVER TO THE GOVERNOR. >>DR. ACTON, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE CORONAVIRUS IS REALLY SORT OF PULLED BACK THE CURTAIN ON SOME THINGS THAT WE ALREADY KNEW. THAT IS THERE ARE VERY CLEAR AND LONG-STANDING RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS. THIS IS NOT JUST THROUGH OHIO BUT TRUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DISPARITIES IN HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE ARE INTERTWINED WITH SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS. AS WELL AS RACE, ETHNIC BACKGROUND, AGE, AND EVEN GEOGRAPHY. WHAT COVID-19 IS BRINGING MORE ATTENTION TO THE GAPS AND DISPARITIES THAT EXIST AMONG THE COMMUNITIES. THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE RACIAL INEQUALITIES EXIST IS NOT NEW. 1967 THE PRESIDENTIAL GROUP FORMED TO FIND THE ROOT CAUSES OF CIVIL UNREST. POINTED TO INEQUITIES IN HOUSING, EDUCATION, SOCIAL SERVICES, ALL BASED ON RACE. HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS FROM TODAY. WE HAVE SEEN A STEADY DECLINE OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS IN INFANT MORTALITY, TODAY, IN OHIO, WE LOSE 900 BABIES EACH YEAR BEFORE THEY REACH THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY. AND THIS TRAGEDY DISPROPORTIONALLY IMPACTS THE MINORITY COMMUNITY. AFRICAN AMERICAN BABIES DIE AT A RATE OF 2.5 TO 3 TIMES THE DEATHS OF WHITE BABIES. FOR EVERY 1,000 WHITE BABIES BORN, 5.4 DIE. WHILE FOR EVERY 1,000 AFRICAN AMERICAN BABIES BORN, 13.9 DIE. THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS ALSO LOSING MORE MOTHERS. AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN ARE MORE THAN 2.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF A PREGNANCY RELATED CONDITION THAN WHITE WOMEN. THE OVERALL LIFE EXPECTSANCEY IS 4 YEARS SHORTER THAN THAT OF WHITE OHIOANS. 72. 8 YEARS OF AGE COMPARED TO 77 YEARS OF AGE FOR WHITE OHIOANS. AFRICAN AMERICAN OHIOANS ALSO HAVE THE HIGHER RATE OF HEART DISEASE AND HIGHER RATE OF HYPERTENSION. HIGHER RATE OF DIABETES. FOR THE BEING AAN AMERICAN OHIOANS ARE 2 1/2 TIMES LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY THAN WHITES AND AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN IN OHIO ARE 3.1 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY. THEREFORE IT SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE TO ANY OF US THAT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY HIT BY THE COVID-19 VIRUS. AFRICAN AMERICAN MAKE UP BETWEEN 13 AND 14% OF THE OHIO POPULATION. YET 26% OF THOSE TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN. AFRICAN AMERICANS ASK THE FOR 17% OF COVID-19 DEATHS IN OHIO. LATONEO MAKES UP 3.9% OF THE OHIO POPULATION YET THEY MAKE UP AT LEAST 6% OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. IN OHIO. AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT WE BELIEVE THESE STATISTICS ARE EVEN LOW. THAT IT IS HIGHER THAN WHAT THESE ARE BECAUSE FOR A WHILE WE HAD A BIG GAP OF PEOPLE JUST DATA WAS COMING IN WITHOUT ANY RACE LISTED AT ALL WE KNOW THESE ARE THE MINIMUM NUMBERS AND THEY ARE PROBABLY HIGHER. AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OHIO I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD CONCERN EVERY SINGLE OHIOAN. WHEN WE SEE SOMETHING DISPROPORTIONALLY AFFECTING SOME CITIZENS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ACT. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DO SOMETHING. THESE TRULY ARE WHEN WE ARE DEALING WITH HEALTH, THESE TRULY ARE LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES. I BELIEVE MY JOB AS GOVERNOR IS TO HELP PROTECT THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR COMMUNITIES AND ALL OUR CITIZENS. KNOWING THAT SOME OF OUR CITIZENS, KNOWING SOME OF OUR CITIZENS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY AT RISK AS FAR AS HEALTH IS CONCERNED BASED ON THEIR ZIP CODE IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD SHOCK ALL OF US. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO BE EVEN MORE MINDFUL IN OUR RESPONSE TO HELP THOSE AT HIGHER RISK BECAUSE OF THESE FACTS. IT SHOULDN’T MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, OR WHAT RACE YOU ARE. IF THERE ARE OHIOANS WHO ARE ESPECIALLY HARD HIT, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION WHETHER THEY LIVE IN THE CITY OR WHEREOF THEY LIVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HELP THEM. TO TRULY CHANGE THINGS WE MUST ADDRESS THE SOCIAL CONDITIONS THAT DRIVE 70% OF OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES. THINGS SUCH AS HEALTH CARE ACCESS, HEALTH CARE ACCESS. SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. EDUCATION, SO VERY IMPORTANT. AS WELL AS HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, EMPLOYMENT, AVAILABILITY OF NUTRITIOUS FOOD. GATHERING AND USING DATA IS KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM AND IT’S ALSO KEY TO FINDING THE SOLUTIONS. THROUGHOUT THE LAST TWO MONTHS, WE HAVE TRIED TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION OUT TO ALL OF YOU AS WE COULD ABOUT THIS CORONAVIRUS. AND INFORMATION ABOUT HOW IT IS IMPACTING OUR CITIZENS. TODAY, WE ARE UNVEILING TWO NEW INTERACTIVE TOOLS ON THE DATA DASHBOARD AT CORONAVIRUS.OWHO CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV LOOKING AT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TO DETERMINE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS THAT TRULY NEED OUR HELP. THE FIRST IS A MAP ALLOWING USERS TO ACCESS COUNTY LEVEL COVID-19 DATA BY RACE, AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND THESE ARE THE PULLOUTS. THIS IS NOT INTERACTIVES UP HERE. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND PULL IT UP, WE HOPE YOU WILL FIND IT IS INTERACTIVE BECAUSE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GO DOWN TO A COUNTY AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PULL UP DATA FROM THAT COUNTY. EVERYTHING THAT WE KNOW, EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN COLLECTED AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PULL THAT UP CASE NUMBERS, HOSPITALIZATIONS, DEATH, AND DATA BY RACE, DATA BY ETHNIC BACKGROUND. THE SECOND MAP IS NOT A COVID- 19 TOOL BUT IT’S VALUABLE TOOL THAT HELPS US UNDERSTAND WHERE WE NEED TO TARGET RESOURCEED AIMED AT IMPROVING CONDITIONS FOR OHIOANS. IT SHOWS CENSUS TRACK LEVEL MEASURES OF AN OHIO OPPORTUNITY INDEX. OPPORTUNITY LEVEL FROM VERY WHO I TO VERY LOW IS MEASURED USING 7 FACTORS THAT IMPACT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. FACTORS INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, HEALTH, ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND CRIME. THE HIGHER THE LEVEL OF THE INDECK BETTER THE OPPORTUNITIES TO THRIVE. YOU FIND A STATE MAP AND MAPS FOR EACH COUNTY THAT ALLOWS YOU TO LOOK AT OVERALL OPPORTUNITY LEVELS AS WELL AS LEVELS AT EACH OF THESE 7 CATEGORIES. MAPS CAN BE USED BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS CAN BE USED BY AVERAGE CITIZENS. RESEARCHERS, COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPIC GROUPS NONPROFITS AND OTHERS TO GUIDE THE DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND SOLVE PROBLEM AND BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON IN OHIO. DR. ROOT FROM THE DEVELOPED THE INDEX FOR CENTER FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL ANALYSIS I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR PROVIDING THE TOOL. EACH OF US HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE MINDFUL OF AND WORK TO COUNTERACT HEALTH DISPARITIES WHEN ARE THEY ARE FOUND. OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS, HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY. SPEAKERS HOUSEHOLDER HOUSE MINORITY LEADER SYKES. AND SENATE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRAT LEADER KENNY YUCO I WANT TO THANK THEM AND THE MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER THE LAST 16 MONTHS TO PREVENT DISEASE, PROMOTE BETTER ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE, AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL OHIOANS NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE, I SIGNED THE DAY I TOOK OFFICE, THAT NIGHT ACTUALLY, EARLY MORNING, I SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CREATE THE RECOVERY OHIO INITIATIVE AND ANNOUNCE THE ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ADVICE MY OFFICE ON CRITICAL MATTERS CONCERNING MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES IN OHIO. AND EARLY 2019, WHEN THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASED THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS ON OHIO DRUG OVERDOSES, AND THAT REPORT SHOWED THAT AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES HAD THE HIGHEST OVERDOSE DEATH RATE IN THE STATE, OUR RECOVERY OHIO RESPONDED WITH THE CREATION OF THE MINORITY HEALTH WORKING GROUP TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON REDUCING OVERDOSE DEATHS AMONG MINORITY POPULATIONS. AND HELP ENSURE THE STATE HAS TOOLS NEEDED TO PROVIDE CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL OHIOANS STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. AGAIN I. THANK THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR DOING THAT. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL OHIOANS SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE UP TO THEIR GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL. WE ARE FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO HELP OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. BECAUSE OF THE UNCONSCIONABLE MENTAL — EXCUSE MOW BECAUSE OF THE UNCONSCIONABLE MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY RATES IN OHIO, WE EXPANDED HOME VISITING PROGRAMS. OUR GOAL WAS TO REACH WOMEN IN POVERTY, WOMEN WHO ARE STRUGGLING, TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE PREGNANCY, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BABY WAS BORN AT A GOOD BIRTH WEIGHT AND TO GET THE CHILD ON THE WAY TO A HEALTHY START. THAT BUDGET THAT WAS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FUNDING FOR OHIO’S HOME VISITING PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE HELP MOW GROW PROGRAM. OUR GOAL TODAY REMAINS TO TRIPLE THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES SERVED BY THAT PROGRAM. HEALTH CONCERN IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES IS THE LEAD PAINT IN OLDER HOMES. MY STAY OF THE STATE ADDRESS LAST YEAR, I TALKED ABOUT HOW IT IS WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE THERE ARE CHILDREN IN OHIO TODAY WHOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND WHOSE DREAMS ARE STIFLED, BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY GROW UP, AND THE FACT THEY GROW UP IN A HOME WITH LEAD PAINT. EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF OHIO CHILDREN UNDER THE AINGE OF 6 TEST POSITIVE FOR UNSAFE LEAD HE LEVELS WHICH CAN DAMAGE THE BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM AND CAUSE SLOW GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. TO REMEDY THIS WE HAVE RENEWSED FOCUS OF INCREASING SCREENINGS EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES, AND IDENTIFICATION AND REMOVAL OF LEAD PAINT PARTICULARLY IN OUR POORER COMMUNITIES. THROUGH THIS WORK, MORE CHILDREN, MORE CHILDREN WITH TOXIC LEAD EXPOSURE OR NEO NATAL ABENCE IN SYNDROME IS GETTING ACCESS TO EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICE AND THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THE SUPPORT WE GIVE KIDS EARLY ON MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. TO HELP WITH THAT, WE HAVE CREATED OHIO GOVERNOR IMAGINATION LIBRARY FOR THE YOUNGEST CITIZENS. THIS IS SOMETHING MY WIFE FRAN IS SPEARHEADING AND HER GOAL, MY GOAL, OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SHOWER THAT EVERY CHILD HAS BOOKS IN THEIR HOME AT A VERY, VERY EARLY AGE. NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE INAPPALACHIA OR THE CITIES ANY OF THE COUNTIES EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. NO MATTER WHAT THEIR INCOME. WORKING WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WE PROVIDED ROW SOURS TO BETTER MEET PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF OHIO’S YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE WELLNESS PROGRAM. AGAIN, THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY STEPPED UP, AND MADE A BIG, BIG DIFFERENCE. THE SCHOOL IN CINCINNATI USED STUDENT WELLNESS FUNDS TO ENHANCE THE SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CARE PROGRAM. THEY HAVE WHAT LONG HISTORY OF DOING GREAT WORK AT THAT SCHOOL. THROUGH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, 94% OF STUDENT ACCESS PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES RIGHT IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. SERVICES INCLUDE VISION, DENTIA, IMMUNIZATIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE. PRIOR TO CREATING THIS SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, 75% OF STUDENTS HAD DENTAL DISEASE OR CAVITIES. TODAY, 77% ARE TOWELLY CAVITY FREE. OTHER SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE IN DIFFERENT AREAS ARE FOLLOWING THE OILERS FOOTSTEPS RIPLEY UNION LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IN RURAL BROWN COUNTY IS USING THE STUDENT WELL NET DOLLARS TO OPEN A SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CARE CLINIC FOR THE STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK AND ALEAVE ATING HEALTH DISPARITIES THAT’S ONGOING BY THE OHIO COMMISSION ON MINORITY HEALTH. THE COMMISSION ON HISPANIC LATINO AFFAIRS, AND OTHER AS WELL AS OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEADLIGHT’S OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY. THESE GROUPS WORK TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES THROUGH SERVICE TO AFFECTED COMMUNITY. THEY HELP EXPAND UNDERTANG OF HEALTH DISPARITY AND BUILD PARER INSHIPS TO ADDRESS THEM ON ALL FRONTS. THEY ALSO HELP TO INCREASE MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN HEALTH RELATED FIELDS. HEALTH DISPARITIES DID NOT OCCUR OVERNIGHT. THEY ARE COMPLEX AND PRESENT COMPLEX CHALLENGES. THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC BROUGHT INTO HIGH CONTRAST THE TROUBLING ISSUES. AND SO TO AUGMENT THE WORK THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING ON HEALTH EQUITY, AND TO ADDRESS THE IMMEDIATE THREATS POSED BY COVID-19, TO OUR MINORITY COMMUNITIES, WE FORMED A MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE IN APRIL. WE ASSEMBLED A GROUP OF 41 PEOPLE. SOME WITH BACKGROUNDS IN HEALTH, AND ALL WITH TIES TO MINORITY COMMUNITIES. AND I ASKED OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGING DIRECTOR McILROY AS WELL AS OUR DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY OWHO IO INITIATIVE ALICIA NELSON TO HEAD THE GROUP. THE SUBCOMMITEES ON THE STRIKE FORCE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ADVICE US ON COVID-19 SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS. INCLUDING STEPS TO ADDRESS HOW COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS LESS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, AND MAY EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION WHEN ACCESSING HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE CREATED USING FEEDBACK FROM THE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES DATA AND EDUCATION SUBCOMMITEES OF THE STRIKE FORCE. A FEW EXAMPLES FROM THE REPORT IS GOING TO BE RELEASED LATER TODAY. THIS WILL BE A PRELIM FARE REPORT THAT WILL BE RELEASED. A FEW THINGS TO PREVIEW. ESTABLISHING CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE ACCESSIBLE COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION SERVICES FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IS RECOMMENDED. EXPANDING TESTING CAPACITY AND ACCESS FOR MINORITIES IN HIGH RISK POPULATIONS. AND USING DATA TO PRIORITIZE RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE THE HIGHEST NEED. AND ALSO RECOMMENDED DEVELOPING AND LAUNCHING A STATEWIDE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ON COVID-19. HEALTH DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. WE HAVE JOINING US ON SKYPE CINCINNATI VICE MAYOR CHRISTOPHER SMITHERMAN. HE IS IS A MEMBER OF THE STRIKES FORCE AND I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBER OF THE STRIKE FORCE VERY, VERY MUCH FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND LET ME INTRODUCE CHRISTOPHER AND SOMEONE WHO I’VE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US. THERE YOU ARE. >>HANK YOU SO MUCH, GOVERNOR DEWINE FOR MOVING THIS ISSUE OF MINORITY DISPARITIES FORWARD. AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN THE STATE OF OHIO. YOU KNOW, WE ALL TRUST YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO THANK ALL 41 MEMBERS OF THE STRIKE FORCE. WE HAVE ALL BEEN WORKING INCREDIBLY HARD AS YOU HAVE INDICATED. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS THAT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE FORMULATED IN MY MIND FALL INTO FOUR AREAS. AND I AM GOING CALL THIS MTAK MESSAGE, TESTING, ACCESSIBILITY AND COLLABORATION. AND SO AS THE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING AT THESE FOUR CATEGORIES, MESSAGING GOVERNOR DEWINE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP IS REACHING THE MINORITY COMMUNITY WHERE THEY ARE THROUGH THE MEDIA OUTLETS THAT EXIST ACROSS THE STATE OHIO AND MAKING SURE WE ARE USING THOSE LEADERS IN EACH OF THOSE COMMUNITIES TO DELIVER THAT MESSAGE. THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING A MASK WHICH I HAVE HERE IN MY HAND. THE MESSAGE OF WASHING HANDS AND KEEPING THE 6 FEET OF DISTANCECH THE ISSUES OF TESTING. TESTING, AND TESTING AND SO, THE AREA HERE, GOVERNOR DEWINE, UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE, IS TALKING ABOUT MAKING SHOWER THAT WE ARE TESTING AND THOSE VULNERABLE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN DISPROPORTIONALLY IMPACTED THAT YOU IDENTIFIED IN THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE CONCENTRATING THAT TESTING THERE IN A FAIR AND EQUITY WAY. THE OTHER AREA IS ACCESSIBILITY. AND MAKING SHOWER THAT THROUGH OUR FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS, THROUGH OUR HOSPITALS, THROUGH EVERY AVENUE THAT WE ARE MAKING THE TESTING AND THE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE TO THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES THAT ARE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED. AND THE LAST AREA IS COLLABORATION. AND COLLABORATING WITH GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE URBAN LEAGUE, THE NAACP, WITH OUR FAITH BASED GROUPS ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERS, OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES. OUR CHAMBERS WHETHER IT’S A LATONEO LATINO AND INTERFAITHING WITH THE SINCE INSTITUTION OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH ADDICTION SERVICES, AND OHIO LATINO AFFAIRS COMMISSION, THE OHIO COMMISSION ON MINORITY HEALTH OUT OF ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS FORMER MAYOR MICHAEL COLEMAN HAS RAISED THE ISSUE, WHICH I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND, IS MAKING SURE THAT WE FUND THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THESE INITIATIVES. I CONTINUALLY HEAR THE STRIKE FORCE TALKING ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK DIRECTORS NELSON AND McELROY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS SHARE RONALD TODD FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMISSION. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE TO YOU THAT WE DO HAVE A VERY LONG RELATIONSHIP AND THAT I TRUST AND CONTINUE TO TRUST YOUR LEADERSHIP THAT I APPRECIATE YOUR APPOINTMENT OF MYSELF TO THE MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE, AND THAT I KNOW THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE DATA, THE DATA WE HAVE TO DRIVE US AS WE OPEN THE STATE OF OHIO, PRIORITYIZING HELP HEALTH, PRIORITIZING SAFETY AND ECONOMY AS WE TARGET AND MAKE SURE THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES UNDERSTAND THEIR SPECIFIC RISK. AND SO I WILL CLOSE THERE WITH SAYING I THANK YOU, AND I THANK OHIO THANKS YOU GOVERNOR DEWINE FOR ARE LEADERSHIP AND YOUR TEAM. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THAT. DR. ACTON ANY QUESTIONS OR. >>NO. I WOULD SAY, SIR, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT’S AN HONOR TO MEET YOU IN PERSON ALL BE IT THIS WAY. AND I WANT TO ASK YOU, SO MANY OF US HAVE CARED ABOUT THIS WORK FOR SO LONG AND WE KNOW WE DIDN’T GET HERE OVERNIGHT. AND I KNOW PEOPLE SOMETIMES FEEL THAT WE CAN’T MOVE FAST ENOUGH. OUR WILL IS ENTIRELY TO DO THIS WORK. ANY ADVICE THAT YOU WANT TO GIVE US. WE KNOW WE CAN’T CHANGE 40 AND 50 YEARS OF THINGS AND MORE OVERNIGHT, IF YOU ARE US, GIVEN A PANDEMIC WHAT ADVICE WITH YOU HAVE TO HEAL AND MOVE FORWARD AND TRULY SUBSTANTIAL AND MEANINGFUL WAY. >>MASHING THE FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION, DR. ACTON. OFTENTIMES, WHEN COMMISSIONS AND STRIKE FORCES ARE PUT TOGETHER, THE FINANCIAL PIECE DOESN’T COME BEHIND IT. AND I UNDERSTAND AND I KNOW THIS GOVERNOR WHEN WE REAL OUT THE COMPREHENSIVE REPRESENTATIONS, THAT FINANCIALLY, WHATEVER THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE, THAT THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL BE THERE TO EXECUTE THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. SO, UNFUNDED MAN DATES OFTENTIMES COME FROM TASK FORCES. AND I KNOW UNDER GOVERNOR MIKE DOUGH WINE THAT WON’T BE CASE. AND I ALSO WILL SAY DR. ACTON, THAT TESTING, TESTING, TESTING IN AN EQUITY AND FAIR WAY IS A CONSISTENT MESSAGE FROM THE TASK FORCE, AND ALSO AS THE VACCINATION ROLLS OUT, THAT VACCINATION MESSAGING SO WE TALKED ABOUT THE MESSAGE OFMESSAGING, TESTING, ACCESSIBILITY AND COLLABORATION, THAT WHEN THE VACCINATION COMES OUT, THAT NUMBER ONE THING IS MAKING SURE THE MESSAGING IS TIGHT AND THAT BEING AAN AMERICANS AND LATINOS ARE BEING SPECIFICALLY EDUCATED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING THAT VACCINATION AND THAT THE ACCESSIBILITY MEANING AT OUR FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS, AT OUR HOSPITALS, AT OUR SCHOOLS, AND ALL NONTRADITIONAL WAYS, IN OUR CHURCHES, THAT THE MEDICAL STAFFS ARE GOING DIRECTLY OUT AND WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THE LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITIES TO DELIVER THE SERVICES OF TESTING AND VACCINATION. >>WELL, WE WANT TO THANK VICE MAYOR SMITHERMAN. MEMBER OF COUNCIL CHRISTOPHER, THANK YOU. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU SERVING. >>THANK YOU. >>VERY, VERY MUCH AND YOU WILL BE — YOU WILL BE PUTTING OUT THE INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS I THINK TODAY AND THEN LATER IN JUNE I THINK FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS. I THINK THAT’S WHAT’S OCCURRING TODAY. SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE GREATFUL. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOVERNOR. THANK YOU DR. ACTON. >>THANK YOU. >>>TODAY WE WANT TO ANNOUNCE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL INITIATIVES THE COMPLIMENT AND HELP IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE STRIKE TASK FORCE LATER TODAY. TO HELP US DURING THIS PANDEMIC TO FOCUS ON THE MOST UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS NO MATTER WHERE THEY EXIST IN THE STATE OF OHIO, WE WILL HAVE A PERSON DEDICATED TO THE SOCIAL DETERMINANT OF HEALTH AND OPPORTUNITY. THIS PERSON’S WORK WILL BUILD ON SEVERAL EXISTING EFFORTS TO RESPOND TO HEALTH INEQUITY BY WORKING DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES ON THE SPECIFIC LONG-TERM HEALTH NEEDS AS WELL AS RESPONSE TO COVID-19. THIS PERSON WILL BE IN THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. QUITE CANDIDLY IT’S UNACCEPTABLE AND SHOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE TO EVERY OHIOAN THAT IN OUR GREAT STATE OF OHIO, IN THE YEAR 2020, ZIP CODE, ZIP CODE, STILL, DETERMINES TO A GREAT EXTENT HOW LONG YOU WILL LIVE, HOW WELL YOU WILL LIVE. 2/3 OF OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES ARE OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL. HOUSING, CERTAINLY HEALTH POLICY, EDUCATION IS HEALTH POLICY. AVAILABILITY TO TRANSPORTATION, AND IT’S ALSO HEALTH POLICY. A PRIMARY FOCUS WILL BE ON COLLECTING THE BEST DATA TO INFORM THE BEST PRACTICING TO LEAD THE STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD. FURTHER A. KEY FUNCTION WILL BE TO HELP ENSURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MINORITY STRIKE FORCES SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS. SO THIS IS A POSITION IN THE DEM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WE HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT FOR LONG TIME. IT’S TIME, IT’S TIME. IT’S PASTIME TO GET THIS DONE. AND WE WILL BE DOING THAT. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT VICE MAYOR SMITHERMAN WAS TALKING ABOUT AND THAT’S COMMUNICATIONS. AS THE STRIKE FORCE RECOMMENDATION MAKE CLEAR COMMUNICATING IMPORTANT HEALTH MESSAGES TO ALL PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF OHIO IS VERY IMPORTANT AS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT DURING THIS PANDEMIC. WE ARE WORKING WITH A GROUP CALLED US FOR US IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE TO UNVEIL A NEW COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN CALLED STAY IN THE FIGHT. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL FOCUS ON THE NEED TO STAY INFORMED, STAY INVOLVED, AND STAY INSPIRED DURING THE PANDEMIC. WE WILL SHARE NOW A SHORT VIDEO THAT DESCRIBES THIS NOW COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN. AND THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. >>I AM CO OF WORE HALL ON WALL STREET AND PART OF THE US FOR US COALITION. >>MANY ALONZO WITH THE AWESOME ORGANIZATION GET CREATIVE AND WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE US FOR US COALITION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE REALIZE IS THAT THERE WERE MANY MESSAGES BEING DEVELOPED AND PUT OUT THERE TO’S DRESS COVID-19 AND THOSE MESSAGES INTENDED TO REACH AUDIENCES DIVERSE AUDIENCES WE KNEW BECAUSE WE ARE PART OF THE COMMUNITIES KNEW THEY WEREN’T REACHING AUDIENCES. THIS IS WHAT WE SPECIALIZE IN AND WANTED TO THROW OUR HAT IN THE RING TO JOIN A TEAM THAT WAS READY TO MAKE IMPACT. >>IT’S FOR ALL OF OHIO TO STEP UP AND STEP IN. WE NEED EMPLOYERS AND WE NODE INVESTMENT. WE NEED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A WHOLE COMMUNITY ISSUE. NOT JUST A MINORITY COMMUNITY. THIS IS FOR THE WHOLE STATE OF OHIO. >>OUR APPROACH IS PRACTICAL. THERE’S THREE PILLARS OF THE INITIATIVE STAYING INFORMED, STAY INVOLVED AND STAY INSPIRED. AND THOSE ARE ALSO IN LINE WITH THE MINORITY STRIKE FORCE OBJECTIVE AS WELL. THIS CAMPAIGN NOT FOCUSED ON JUST MESSAGING OR MASK, THIS CAMPAIGN FOE CAN YOU ON ACTION. SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT FIGHTING, WE THINK ABOUT WHO ARE WE FIGHTING FOR. WE ARE NOT JUST FIGHTING FOR OUR OWN HEALTH, BUT WE ARE WEARING MASK BECAUSE WE HAVE A FIGHT FOR OUR FAMILIES AND ELDERLY AND FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN. SO, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN WE SAY STAY IN THE FIGHT. YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR. >>COMMUNICATION IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT AND SO IS TESTING. SO I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MOMENT TO DISCUSS COVID-19 TESTING IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES. TO EXPAND ACCESS TO TESTING, WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE OWHO IO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY, HEALTH CENTERS. AND THEY ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT. THE NONPROFIT ASSOCIATION REPRESENTS OHIO’S IF HE RALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS INCLUDING 55 COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AT 378 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF OHIO. IT HAS MULTIPLE MOBILE UNIT ALSO IN 68 OF OHIO’S 88 COUNTIES. SO IF YOU LOOK AT THIS, YOU WILL SEE OUTREACH THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO REALLY PENETRATE TO OUR CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT GETTING THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. SO THIS PARTNERSHIP WE THINK WILL HELP A GREAT DEAL IN REGARD TO TESTING. THE HEALTH CENTERS ARE PLACED REALLY IN THE MOST ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED COMMUNITIES AND THEY OFFER HIGH QUALITY COMPREHENSIVE PRIMARY CARE. NEARLY 93% OF PATIENTS ARE BELOW 200% OF POVERTY LEVEL. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS HAVE A UNIQUE REACH. THEY ARE TRUSTED IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE PRIMARY AND PREVENTIVE CARE REGARDLESS OF INSURANCE STATUS OR ABILITY TO PAY. IT MAKES THEM CRITICAL TO ANY STRATEGY WE MAY HAVE IN REGARD TO COVID-19 TESTING AND TO MAKE THIS AVAILABLE TO ALL OHIOANS. MAKE OUT AVAILABLE TO OHIOANS IN THE RURAL AREAS OR URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AND AS YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, YOU CAN SEE THE REACH. FOR TESTING, INDIVIDUALS SHOULD CONTACT THE FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER CLOSEST TO YOU FOR INFORMATION AND DIRECTION ABOUT HOW TO BE TESTED. THEY HAVE CAPACITY, WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO WORK WITH THEM TO INCREASE AT THAT CAPACITY AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WE ARE PARTNERING WITH THE OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND NATIONWIDE FOUNDATION TO DISTRIBUTE THOUSANDS OF COMMUNITY WELLNESS KITS. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS PARTNERSHIP, AS THOSE IMPORTANT KITS WILL HELP PROTECT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT ARE JUST DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT BY COVID-19 AND THEY HAVE PROTECTION RELATED ITEMS. FACE COVERINGS, HAND SANITIZERS AND SOAP. THIS IS WHAT THEY LOOKS LIKE. AND THOSE ARE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK NATIONWIDE FOUNDATION FOR HELPING US MAKE THIS DISTRIBUTION. THE OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AND YOU WILL FIND — THEY WILL FIND IN HERE FACIAL COVERINGS, HAND SANITIZER, AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, INFORMATION. SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING THESE DISTRIBUTED. TO SUPPORT BOTH STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND EFFORTS TO FIGHT COVID-19, AND THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT IN OHIO ON PEOPLE OF COLOR, WE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS WHO CAN HELP NOTIFY OHIOANS OF POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS. WE ARE TALKED ABOUT THIS, OUR GOAL IS TO STAND UP ABOUT 1800 WORKERS AROUND THE STATE. WE ARE IN PROCESS OF HIRING THE PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS AT BOTH THE STATE LEVEL AND THE LOCAL LEVEL. OUR GOAL IS TO HIRE INDIVIDUALS WHO REPRESENT AND REFLECT THE MAKEUP OF THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SUPPORT OF THE EFFORTS AND HELPING US MOVE FORWARD. THIS WORK IS VITAL. AND IT’S ONE OF THE BEST WAYS FOR US TO GO ON THE OFFENSE AGAINST OUR SHARED ENEMY. THE WORK IS COIN HELPING TO IDENTIFY THOSE POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS TO BETTER ALLOW US TO DISRUPT THE CHAIN OF ADDITIONAL INFECTIONS. OHIOANS ARE CONFRONTED WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND ISOLATION, AND DISTRESS. MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES ARE VITAL. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY $1 MILLION GRANT THAT’S BEEN OBTAIN FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR OUR RESPONSE TO SPECIFICALLY PROVIDEMENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICE FOR HARD TO REACH INDIVIDUAL THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF OHIO. THAT IS PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR OFFICE OF FAITH BASED AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION IS OFS TO FOCUS ON STRATEGIES FOR MENTALLAL HEALTH AND SUPPORT DURING PANDEMIC. THIS GRANT WILL ALLOW FAITH BASED AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO DEVELOP CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE MESSAGES TARGETING THOSE MAY NOT BE AS EASILY REACHED BY MASS MEDIA MESSAGING EFFORT SUCH AS RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES. APPALACHIAN AND RURAL COMMUNITY WILL BE COVERED. OLDER ADULTS ARE COVERED AS WELL. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY EXPLOSION VISIT CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV. WE WILL GET TO QUESTIONS IN A MOMENT. AND IN JUNE, THE MINORITY TASK FORCE WILL ISSUE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS AIMED AT ALLEVIATING THE LONG-TERM RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HEALTH. THE STRIKE FORCE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE OF GREAT SIGNIFICANCE. WE WILL TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY. WHAT THEY ARE ANNOUNCING TODAY IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS IN JUNE. WE MUST NOT SHY AWAY FROM WORKING TO CORRECT THE LONG ENTRENCHED ENEQUITIES AMONG OHIO CITIZENS. WE HAVE BEEN AND WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO SETTING A COURSE FOR CHANGE. WE ARE EAGER TO WORK WITH GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZATION ACROSS OHIO. URBAN LEAGUE, NAACP FOR EXAMPLE, AND MINIMUMS TIERIAL COMMUNITY AND OTHERS. TO MAKE THESE THINGS HAPPEN. WE KNOW THAT THIS CAN’T COME JUST FROM GOVERNMENT. WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS TO COME FROM COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION, AND I WOULD SAY A MORAL OBLIGATION TO LEAVE NO OHIOANS BEHIND. A CREATE CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ALL OHIOANS CAN THRIVE. BECAUSE, WITH OR WITHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS, WE TRULY ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. A THIS IS A COMMITMENT THAT WE MAKE AND THE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE COMMITMENT IS THAT WE WILL WORK HARD, TO BECOME THE BLUE PRINT AND WE WILL WORK HARD TO IMPLEMENT ALL OF THEM. I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE OUR DIRECTOR OF AGING AS WELL AS ALICIA NELSON WHO IS OUR DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY OHIO. THEY WILL BE JOINING US ON THE PHONE. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THEM FOR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE EFFORTS. THEY HAVE LED THIS TASK FORCE WORK. AND THEY BOTH WORKED WITH ME IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, AND THEY WERE KIND ENOUGH TO MOVE OVER FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE WHILE I BECAME GOVERNOR AND THEY DO A PHENOMENAL JOB IN THE ROW EXPECTATIVE OFFICE BUT THEY HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB LEADING THIS TASK FORCE. SO WE WILL OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS. >>NBC 4 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE CALLING FOR FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET. SENATOR PORTMAN SAID THE MONEY IS SITTING IN COLUMBUS AND IS CALLING ON THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ACT QUICKLY. HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH THE SENATE PRESIDENT OR THE HOUSE SPEAKER ON THIS FUNDING AND WHAT ARE YOU TELLING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AS THEY STRUGGLE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET A LOT LIKE THE STATE STRUGGLE AS WELL. >>MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS A BILL. THEY ARE MOVING THE BILL. THINK THAT’S GOING TO GET THROUGH VERY, VERY SHORTLY, AND I KNOW THAT THE MAYORS I TALKED TO AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS REALLY NODE TO GET THE MONEY OUT. BUT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS MOVING ON AND I WOULD EXPECT THIS TO BE HAPPENING VERY QUICKLY. >>>HI, GOVERNOR THIS IS JAKE ZUCKERMAN FROM THE OHIO CAPITOL JOURNAL YOU SAID SO HIGHO HAS THE CAPACITY TO TEST 18,800 PEOPLE PER DAY BUT OVER THE LAST WEEK AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 9,091 HAVE BEEN TESTED WHY ARE WE TESTING AT LESS THAN HALF OF THE CAPACITY YOU SAY WE ARE CAPABLE OF. >>WE HAD PEOPLE WHO WORKED HARD AND WE WERE FORTUNATE, AND WE GOT BREAK. WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT THAT GOT US THE REAGENT. WE RAMPED THAT UP QUICKLY. WE WERE AT THE SAME TIME STILL BUILDING AN INFRASTRUCTURE. THERE’S NOT REALLY INFRASTRUCTURE OUT THERE TO GET SWABS SOUTH AND EVERYTHING. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. YOU KNOW, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THE NUMBERS GO UP. THAT’S MY COMMITMENT TO THPEOPLE OF OHIO. I HAVE A TEAM WORKING ON THIS TO CLOSE THAT GAP. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH, THOUGH. WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON TAKING THAT CAPACITY EVEN HIGHER THAN THE 18,000 PER DAY. DR. ACTON I HE DOESN’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT OR NOT. OKAY. SO, IT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE SEVERAL PRIORITIES. WE HAVE PRIORITIES OF GETTING PLACES WHERE CONGREGANT CARE PEOPLE LIVE TOGETHER IN NURSING HOMES FOR EXAMPLE. WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. AND IF THERE’S SOMEONE WHO HAS PROBLEM AND MIGHT TEST POSITIVE MAKING SURE WE ARE ABLE TO GET THE TESTING DONE QUICKLY, AND THEN DO THAT DETECTIVE WORK THAT FINDS OUT WHO ELSE THEY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AND KIND OF DRAW THAT CIRCLE AROUND THE PERSON. THE OTHER THING WE ARE DOING, THE OTHER THING WE USE THE TEST HING FOR, FRANKLY, IS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TO SLOW THE SPREAD. SO, IT IS MOVING OUR NUMBERS ARE UP, BUT, THEY ARE NOT UP AS MUCH AS I WOULD LIKE THEM. >>THANK YOU. >>PRIORITY I HAVE EVERY DAY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON GOVERNOR BEN SCHWARTZ FOR WCPO IN CINCINNATI. GOVERNOR DEWINE, I WASN’T TO ASK A QUESTION FROM A VIEWER. VIEWER WORKS AS CATERER AND GETTING REQUESTS FOR PARTIES RANGING FROM 30 TO 80 PEOPLE. AND ARE GATHERINGS LIKE THIS LEGAL IF AT A PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND IF THOSE GATHERINGS WERE TO TAKE PLACE, WOULD A HOMEOWNER OR CATERER BE SUBJECT TO LEGAL ACTION? >>YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT JON SINCE YOU WERE DEALING WITH THAT ISSUE. >>WHAT WE AED AANNOUNCED TODAY FOR BANQUET CENTERS FOR CATERERS YOU HAVE TO USE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU HAVE TO USE FOR RESTAURANTS. AND THAT’S THE STANDARD UNDER WHICH THEY ARE OPENING. AS FAR AS A PRIVATE HOME, I WILL GET YOU AN ANSWER BEFORE THE END OF THIS NEWS CONFERENCE BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE I AM ANSWERING CORRECTLY. THE LAST THING I WANT TO DO IS GIVE BAD ADVICE. WHAT WE ARE OPENING TODAY FOR JUNE 1ST IS THAT BANQUET CATERING CENTERS AND SUCH CAN HAVE EVENTS UP TO 300 PEOPLE WITH THE RESTAURANT GUIDELINES. SO WE ARE TRYING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH EVERYBODY. IF YOU CAN DO IT IN RESTAURANT FACILITY, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT IN THE OTHER FACILITIES IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE GUIDELINES. BUT I AM GOING TO WORK THROUGH WITH OUR TEAM TO MAKE SURE I GET YOU A CORRECT ANSWER ON PRIVATE RESIDENCES. >>>AND BEN, THE WHOLE — AGAIN, WE COME BACK TO BASICS WHEN YOU TRY TO ANALYZE SOMETHING LIKE THIS. YOU COME BACK TO BASICS. THE WHOLE THING IS DISTANCE. AND SO, YOU KNOW, CATERERS MADE GOOD POINT AND SAID WE HAVE A PLACE WE CAN DO IT, WE CAN PROVIDE THE EXACT SAME DISTANCING THAT A RESTAURANT CAN. SO THAT MAKES SENSE. SO, AS YOU LOOK AT TRYING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, AND JON IS GOING TO CHECK ON, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT DISTANCE IS THE KEY. IF YOU CAN ESTABLISH THAT, AND CONTROL THAT, THAT’S THE, YOU KNOW, THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. AGAIN, THESE ARE DECISIONS, THOUGH, THAT YOU KNOW NO MATTER WHAT WE SAY, THESE ARE DECISIONS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE IN THE SENSE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT PERSONAL RISK ARE INVOLVED. YOU KNOW, YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S AT THE WEDDING. YOU KNOW, BEING AT WEDDING IS ONE THING. WHAT — SHALL YOU KNOW WHAT EXPOSURE DOES SHE HAVE, AND PEOPLE HAVE TO KIND OF WORK THROUGH THIS AS JON SAID, WEDDINGS HAVE NEVER — WE NEVER CONTROLLED THE SIZE OF WEDDINGS OR ANYTHING. SAME WHICH WITH FUNERALS. BUT THESE ARE PERSONAL DECISION THAT IS PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE. >>THANK YOU AND THANK YOU LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOR LOOKING FOR THE ANSWER. >>>HELLO, GYM PROVINCE WITH THE TOLEDO BLADE AND THIS IS FOR THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. YOU TALKED AGAIN ABOUT MAKING SCHOOL FACILITIES AVAILABLE FOR TRAINING FOR SCHOOL SANCTIONED SPORTS. BUT WE ARE GETTING CALLS FROM PEOPLE THAT HAVE DAY CAMPS, CHILD CARE WHO ARE WONDERING WHETHER OR NOT SCHOOLS WILL BE USED FOR THEIR PROGRAMS. >>YES, THEY ABSOLUTELY CAN. THAT HAS BEEN ALLOWED — IT WAS PART OF THE ORIGINAL EXEMPTION A SCHOOL FACILITY COULD BE EUED FOR FOR THOSE PURPOSE. SO ABSOLUTELY THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION IS YES. >>AND ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON HOW LARGE THE GATHERINGS CAN BE? >>IN A SCHOOL FACILITY? THE GUIDANCE FOR HOW WE WANT PEOPLE TO DO THIS, AGAIN, WITH THE DAY CAMPS WE SENT OUT GUYANCE FOR THAT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU WOULD BE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW IN THOSE FACILITIES. THERE’S GUIDANCE THAT’S COMING OUT ON THE SKILLS TRAINING, WHICH IS THE DEFINITION THAT THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOLING AT LET BEING ASSOCIATION WANTS US TO USE FOR THAT, AND THE DEFINITION HAD COME OUT WITH THAT. LOOK, THE — THIS IS GOING BACK TO WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAD AND THE CONVERSATION DR. ACTON AND I HAD THIS MORNING. IT’S PEOPLE AS THEY RESUME THINGS THAT ARE PART OF THEIR LIVES, WE WANT THEM TO USE A, COMMON SENSE, AND THE SAFETY GUIDELINES, THESE HEALTH GUIDELINES OF THE DISTANCING, OF THE DISINFECTING OF SURFACES, WHEN YOU ARE REUSING EQUIPMENT FROM SOMEBODY ELSE USING IT, AND MASK WHERE WITH APPROPRIATE. THOSE STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DEPLOYING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF IN AND WORKPLACES AND OTHER PLACE THAT IS HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE AT SLOWING THE RATE OF SPREAD. AND AS WE OPEN THINGS UP, WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD PROTOCOLS IN THAT WILL HELP GIVE PEOPLE THAT GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DO THESE THINGS AND TO DO THEM SAFELY, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHY DO WE KEEP — IF YOU THINK THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION WHY DO WE ASK PEOPLE TO DID IT SAFELY, PROTECT THEIR HEALTH. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. WE WANT PEOPLE TO OPEN UP. WE WANT THEM TO DO THINGS, BUT, WE DON’T WANT TO SEE A SPIKE. WE DON’T WANT TO SEE AS WE RESOUP THE ACTIVITY THAT THE SPREAD INCREASES AND THEN WE HAVE TO SLOW ALL THIS DOWN OR RISK THE THREAT OF HAVING TO PUT SOME OF IT BACK IN THE BOTTLE. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE WANT. SO WE ALL THIS IS CONTINUING ADVICE THAT WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT, RESPECT ONE ANOTHER, AND KEEP THE SITUATIONS WHERE OR KEEP THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO OPERATE HEALTHFULLY AND IF WE DO THAT, WE WILL GET THROUGH. THIS WE WILL SLOW THE SPREAD AND WON’T GET THAT SPREAD ABOVE 1 TO 1 AND THEN THE BENEFITS WILL ACCRUE TO ALL OF US WHEN THAT HAPPENS. >>THANK YOU. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. RANDY LUDLOW WITH THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH A QUESTION FOR DR. ACTON IF I MAY. DOCTOR, THERE WERE 731 NEW AND PROBABLE CASES TODAY. THAT IS 50% MORE THAN YESTERDAY. AND THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAILY CASES IN TWO WEEKS. WHAT’S ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE INCREASE? IS IT A ONE TIME SPIKE? IS IT TESTING, OR ARE WE SEEING MORE CASES AMID THE REOPENING? >>THANK YOU RANDY. SO, WE DO SEE AN INCREASE. I WASN’T HERE YESTERDAY AND WE HAVE BEEN SEEING THAT 400 TO 500. BUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY, I’VE SEEN AS HIGH AS IN THE 700S AS WE HAVE SEEN. SO, CERTAINLY IT ALWAYS CATCHES MY ATTENTION. EVERY CASE RIGHT NOW CATCHES MY ATTENTION. AND EVERY DEATH. WHAT WE HAVE TO LOCK FOR IS LOOKING AT THAT OVER A FEW DAYS AND SEE WHAT WE ARE SEEING. I AM LOOKING AT A LOT OF OTHER NUMBERS AS WELL AS YOU KNOW, I AM LOOKING AT HOSPITALIZATIONS, PARTICULARLY I’VE BEEN FOCUSING A A LOT ON ICU AND VENTILATORS. I’VE BEEN LOOKING AT SOME DISTANCING MEASURES. WE SEE THAT FOR INSTANCE, OUR TRAFFIC PATTERNS ARE LOOKING VERY SIMILAR TO WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE WE BEGAN THIS JOURNEY. WE ARE SEEING OUR, YOU KNOW, CELL PHONE USAGE CAN GIVE YOU. YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” MAPS OF MOBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. ALL OF THIS LAGS CASES LAG, PEOPLE BEING INFECTED. HOSPITALIZATIONS LAG, THERE BEING A CASE AND DEATHS LAG. SO I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ONE GIVEN DAY, I CERTAINLY ALL OF US CERTAINLY NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE NUMBERS. >>OKAY SO BOTTOM LINE YOU CAN’T READ ANYTHING INTO ONE DAY INCREASE? >>THAT’S RIGHT, SIR. YEAH. EVERY — YOU KNOW, ONE DAY, WE HAVE SEEN UP AND DOWN THROUGHOUT AND I AM SURE 21 DAY WOULD SHOW THAT. BUT, WE WILL PAY ATTENTION TO THAT NUMBER. >>THANK YOU. >>>THIS IS LAURA HANCOCK FROM CLEVELAND.COM. YESTERDAY, A LAKE COUNTY COMMON PLEAS JUDGE FOUND YOU GUYS EXCEEDED YOUR AUTHORITY IN REGARDS TO GYMS. WONDERING IF YOU WILL APPEAL AND THIS COULD OPEN UP TO OTHER SECTORS SUING OVER EXCEEDING AUTHORITY AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO ADDRESS THAT? >>THE DECISION WHETHER TO APPEAL, WE ARE TALKING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DECISION, THE JUDGE FOUND THAT THE PROTOCOLS WERE FINE. PROTOCOLS WE WERE REQUIRING FOR PEOPLE TO OPEN UP THE GYMS, JUDGE DISAGREED WITH US. SIX DAY PERIOD OF TIME SAID THEY SHOULD OPEN 6 DAYS EARLIER THAN WE THOUGHT THEY HE SHOULD OPEN. AND YOU KNOW, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO IS KIND OF LAYER THESE IN. AND AS WE TRY TO MONITOR WHAT IS GOING ON, AS FAR AS THE CASES, LIKE RANDY WAS ASKING ABOUT CASES, WE MONITOR THE CASES AS WE MONITOR EVERYTHING, AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPREAD THE OPENINGS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. AND SO THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING. YOU KNOW, IT’S ONE DECISION. IT’S A DECISION, AGAIN THAT, WAS BASICALLY SAID OUR PROTOCOLS ARE FINE. DISPUTE ABOUT HOW MANY — WHEN WE OPEN BUT SO FRANKLY WE ARE NOT TOO CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AND WE WILL GO FROM THERE. >>THANKS. >>JOHN LONDON FROM THE WLWT NEWS 5 IN CINCINNATI. TWO-PART QUESTION. GOVERNOR FOR YOU AND DR. ACTON. I KNOW YOU HAVE NOD MADE A DECISION ABOUT SCHOOLS BECAUSE YOU WORRY ABOUT THE SPREAD TO FAMILIES, BUT MALLS, GYMS AND POOLS ARE REOPENING ALL PLACES WHERE KIDS CONGREGATE, I AM WONDER’S WHAT THE DIFFERENCE AND FOR DR. ACTON AT WHAT POINT BASED ON THE NUMBERS WOULD YOU CONSIDER CLOSING THE STATE AGAIN IF THERE’S A SPIKE IN JUNE. WHAT IS YOUR THRESHOLD? >>WELL, I CAN START OFF AND DR. ACTON CAN CORRECT ME OR TAKE OVER HERE, BUT, LOOK, YOU TROY MAKE THE DETERMINATIONS. KIDS HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN THE SUMMER. SCHOOL IS OUT. DURING YOU KNOW DURING MAY, SCHOOL IN APRIL AND THEY WERE NOT PHYSICALLY IN CLASS AND THEY HAD WORK TO DO. MOST KID ARE GOING TO BE OUT FOR THE SUMMER, OBVIOUSLY. AND KIDS HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO. WE HAVE CREATED THE PROTOCOLS FOR WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHETHER IT’S SUMMER CAMP OR WHETHER IT’S PLAYING BASEBALL. TRY TO COME UP WITH BEST PRACTICES TO MINIMIZE POTENTIAL DANGER. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO WHY SCHOOLS THEMSELVES WERE CLOSED. EVERY EXPERT WE CONSULTED SAID THAT’S ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO DURING A PANDEMIC AND AGAIN NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE KIDS, ALTHOUGH YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT EVERYBODY, BUT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THROUGH THE VIRUS IS THAT WHILE IT HAS SOME IMPACT ON KIDS, MOST KID IT DOESN’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF IMPACT. BUT THE REAL CONCERN IS YOU HAVE 30 KIDS IN CLASS. ONE KID COMES IN WHO HAS THE VIRUS BUT DOESN’T EVEN KNOW IT. PARENT DON’T KNOW IT. HAS NO SYMPTOMS, NOW YOU SPREAD TO 28 OTHER KIDS OR 29 OTHER KIDS, AND THEY GO BACK TO THE HOMES AND THAT SPREADS OUT. SO THAT’S WHY THAT INITIAL DECISION WAS MADE. WE FELT THAT IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO CONTINUE THAT TO THE END THE SCHOOL YEAR. KIDS HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN THE SUMMER THAT’S WHY WE MADE THE DECISION ABOUT SPORTS. WHEN WE LOOK TO THE FALL, WE HOPE KID WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. WHAT WE ARE — WE DON’T KNOW THAT YET, BUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKING PRINCIPALS, SUPERINTENDENTS, EVERYBODY, SCHOOL BOARDS TO DO IS COME UP WITH WHAT THEY THINK ARE THE BEST PRACTICES BASED ON THEIR SCHOOL, THEIR BUILDINGS, AND THEIR BUS ROUTES, HOW THEY CAN IF THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL, IN THE FALL, HOW THEY CAN PROTECT KIDS. AND THEY ARE WORKING VERY, VERY HARD. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE WOULD LOVE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SEA KIDS WILL GO BACK DEFINITELY NOW I DON’T HAVE THE WISDOM OR INFORMATION. AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT WE ARE ONLY ABOUT TWO MONTH INTO THIS. AND TWO MONTHS AGO WE HAD VIRTUALLY NO I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAD ANY, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE THAT WE KNEW WERE TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. IMAGINE TWO MONTH FROM NOW. AND YOU KNOW, THAT’S A LONG, LONG TIME AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE HOW TO PLAYS OUT, FRANKLY. WE HOPE WE ARE READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT SCHOOLS WILL BE READY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. >>WOULDN’T IT BE THE SAME FOR POOLS AND GYMS? 30 KIDS IN THE POOLS AND GYMS. >>YOU ARE THE EXPERT WE WILL GET EVERYBODY INVOLVED HERE. >>LOOK, WE HAVE GUIDELINES FOR HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO OPERATE AT OUR POOLS. WHICH YOU CAN GO LOOK AT THOSE ON THE REOPENING COMPONENT. AND AS FAR AS THE GYMS, LOOK, WE ARE — WE HAVE PROTOCOLS FOR ALL THESE THINGS. TO TRY TO KEEP SPACING AND PEOPLE FROM SPREADING THE VIRUS. WE KNOW THAT THE YOUNGER YOU GET, HARDER THOSE THINGS ARE TO RESOLVE. OKAY. WE JUST ASK PEOPLE TO TO THE PROTOCOLS IN THE DIFFERENT SETTINGS. EACH ONE OF THESE — EACH ONE OF THESE, INCLUDING FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, WAS SET WITH A STANDARD OF KNOWING WHAT WE CAN DO TO TRY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO DO THE THINGS THEY ENJOY, LIKE FOR EXAMPLE, THE SKILLS TRAINING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AT THE SCHOOLS, LOOK, WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE — WANT STUDENT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND KEEP THEIR DISTANCE. WE ARE LEARNING ON HOW TO DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. WE BUILD CONFIDENCE IN OUR STRATEGIES WITH EVERY WEEK THAT GOES BY, THAT WHEN WE REINTRODUCE THE THINGS, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CREATE SPIKE WHERE WE HAVE TO PAUSE OR GO BACKWARDS. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT PROTOCOLS ANDLESSEN THE STANDARDS AS WE HAVE DONE OVER THE COURSE OF THE TWO MONTH AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO, I AM NOT GOING TO GET INTO, YOU KNOW, EVERY LIKE SITUATION BUT WE SET STANDARDS FOR HOW WE WANT THE THINGS TO OPERATE IN ALL OF THE SETTINGS. >>AND REMINDER, WE HAD NONE OF THE STANDARDS EXISTED. WHEN WE WENT INTO THIS OR EVEN DURING THE FIRST MONTH OR SO. SO, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE STANDARDS AS WE COME OUT THIS. AS WE KNOW WE ARE OPENING UP THE SOCIETY, AS WE KNOW THAT IT’S MORE RISK FOR PEOPLE, TO SPREAD THE VIRUS. THAT IS BY ITS VERY NATURE OF OPENING UP THE SOCIETY. BUT WE HAVE STANDARDS IN PLACE THAT WE DID NOT HAVE BEFORE WHICH I THINK GIVES US SOME PROTECTION. WE ARE ALSO ASKING PEOPLE YOU KNOW, NOT IN EVERY PARTICULAR CASE WITH ATHLETES, BUT WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE IN GENERAL AS THEY GO OUT TO RETAIL FOR EXAMPLE, TO WEAR A MASK. THAT’S AN ADDED LAYER OF PROTECTION. I GOT THE QUESTION PEOPLE SAY YOU DIDN’T REQUIRE IT A MONTH AGO WHY ARE YOU REQUIRING IT NOW. WE WEREN’T OPENING UP SOCIETY. AND NOW WE ARE AND WE NEED THAT ADDED LAYER OF PROTECTION. SO, YOU KNOW, THE SITUATION JOHN IS JUST A DIFFERENT SITUATION TODAY. BUT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE NUMBERS AS DR. ACTON SAYS. >>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. >>WOOD AFTERNOON GOVERNOR JORDAN MILLER WITH THE VIEW IN YOUNGSTOWN. YOU KNOW THE WHOLE TIME IT’S BEEN FLATTEN THE CURVE AND FLATTEN THE CURVE. AND NOW WHAT WILL WE DO TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES? YOU KNOW, WE SPOKE TODAY ABOUT HOW IT’S EXTREMELY HEAVY THERE. WHAT WILL WE DO NOW MOVING FORWARD TO FLATTEN THE CUR INFORM RURAL AREAS URBAN AREAS AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL HOUSING? >>WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY, AND IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. BUT THE PARTNERSHIPS WE TALKED ABOUT WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, THE HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS, THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT. IT IS REALLY AN EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT LEAVE ANY COMMUNITY BEHIND. AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, AS WE INCREASE THE TESTING, THAT WE ARE REACHING OUT TO EVERY COMMUNITY. DR. ACTON YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT? >>THANK YOU. WELL, AS I SAID MANY TIMES FROM THE MOMENT I TOOK OFFICE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE GOT TO THINK ABOUT OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES IN OHIO. WE LIVE 30 YEARS LONGER THAN WE DID 100 YEARS AGO. WE GAINED 30 YEARS LIFE EXPECTANCY BUT ONLY 5 WAS DUE TO EVERYTHING I LEARNED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. 25 YEARS CAME FROM VERY BASIC MEDICAL THINGS MAYBE IMMUNIZATIONS, AND ANTIBIOTICS. BUT MOIST OF IT ACTUALLY CAME FROM ADDRESSING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE CALL THE SOCIAL DETERRENCE OF HEALTH. 2/3 OF WHAT AFFECTS OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES COMES ABOUT THIS WAY, AND THEREFORE, FROM THE SECOND I TOOK THIS JOB, I REALIZED IF WE REALLY WANTED TO MOVE THE NEEDLE IN OHIO, AND NOT LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND, WE HAD TO BEGIN THE LONG, SLOW WORK OF CHANGING THIS. WHETHER IT’S INFANT MORTALITY OR MATERNAL MORTALITY. BUT IT’S OTHER THINGS IN AREAS OF DISABILITIES AND WAYS WE LEAVE BEHIND PEOPLE WHO ARE AGING. SO THESE SORT OF DISPARITIES IN HEALTH WE NOW ARE BEGINNING TO GET BETTER SCIENCE ABOUT IT. AND DIFFERENT WAYS OF INTERVENING. SO WHAT THE GOVERNOR OUTLINED TODAY FROM BETTER EDUCATION AND MESSAGING, I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT STAY IN THE FIGHT CAMPAIGN I THINK THAT’S MARVELOUS. BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE RIGHT DATA AND TARGET OUR TESTING, AND MAKE SURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND IN THIS, AND THIS IS FOR MANY MINORITY GROUPS. BUT EVERYTHING WE DO HAS TO HAVE A HEALTH EQUITY LENS AND TO THAT EXTENT, IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE GOVERNOR AND I CREATED A POSITION. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A RENOWNED LEADER TO ANSWER DIRECTLY TO MEET DIRECTOR OF HEALTH BECAUSE IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT THIS WORK OUR STATE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN WHICH HAS TONS OF RECOMMENDATIONS, IT’S ON OUR WEBSITE, AS WELL AS THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MINORITY TASK FORCE NEED THE BEST LEADERSHIP WE CAN FIND IN OHIO AND THE BEST IMPLEMENTATION OF IT. AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS WILL HAPPEN AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND IT WILL HAPPEN AT THE COMMUNITIES AND WHAT THEY DO. IT WILL BE FLAN THROW MIS AND BUSINESS AND WHAT PUBLIC HEALTH CAN DO. THANK YOU. >>I AM LOOKING AT LINE OF QUESTIONERS, BUT ALICIA DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT? I KNOW YOU ARE ON LOIN LINE, HE THINK. >>THANK YOU GOVERNOR AND I ECHO EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID AND THIS COMES DOWN TO ECHOING. WE HAVE COMMITTED TO DOING THINGS THAT ARE JUST FAIR FAIR AND EQUITABLE AND WITH THE WORK OF THE STRIKE FORCE AUGMENTING WHAT’S HAPPENING WE HAVE NO DOUBT WE WILL DO THIS. WE ARE WORKING REALLY HARD WITH THE STRIKE FORCE, AND JUNE LENth, WE ARELENth WE ARE LOCK FORWARD TO WHAT THE — 11th EAGERLY WHAT THE NEXT STEPS WILL BE. >>THANK YOU. >>THIS IS SPENCER HICKEY REPORTER WITH HANNAH NEWS SERVICE AND 2015 GRADUATE OF OHIO WESLEYAN SO APPRECIATE THE TIE. REGARDING COUNTY FAIRS, YESTERDAY REPRESENTATIVE TO THE FAIR MANAGERS AND SHOWMENS ASSOCIATION TOLD THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE THEY THOUGHT THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO ON WITH SAFETY MEASURES. AND IN LIGHT OF THE STATE FAIRS CANCELLATION WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? >>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THE BOARD OF THE STATE FAIR AND DIRECTOR MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. I WAS INFORMED YESTERDAY WHAT THE OPINION WAS. I THINK THAT YOU KNOW, THE IDEA OF HAVING STATE FAIR THIS YEAR WITH THAT MANY PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER JUST PROBABLY DIDN’T WORK, BUT IT IS VERY CERTAINLY A SAD DAY. I KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE LOVED TO GO TO THE STATE FAIR AND I KNOW HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE COMPETE AT THE STATE FAIR. FRANI AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME OUT THERE THE PAST STATE FAIR. AND SO, I THINK THAT’S — THAT’S JUST VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES, PARTICULARLY. AS FAR AS THE COUNTY FAIRS, I TALKED WITH JIM YESTERDAY AND — WHO FORMER MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE I ASKED. I KNOW HE KNOWS COUNTY FAIRS VERY WELL. WE ASKED HIM TO HEAD UP A WORKING GROUP THAT HAS COME BACK WITH RECOMMENDATIONS THEY ARE REVIEWING. SO, YOU KNOW, HE THINK I STATED AT THIS PODIUM A NUMBER OF TIMES, AN OBJECTIVE. AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER THE OBJECTIVE CAN BE ACHIEVE. BUT THAT’S THAT CERTAINLY AT A MINIMUM WE BE ABLE TO HAVE THE JUNIOR FAIRS AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE, SHOW THEIR PRODUCTS NOT JUST LIVE STOCK AND EVERYTHING ELSE. BUT THIS IS WORK IN PROGRESS. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. >>THANK YOU. >>HELLO, GOVERNOR THIS IS LOUISE GILL WITH THE OHIO LATINO TV. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LEADERSHIP AND RECOGNIZING ADVOCATING WITH A MINORITY COMMUNITIES. ALL THE PLANS THAT YOU LAID OUT TODAY SOUNDS AMAZING AND GREAT. BUT HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THIS PLANS ARE GOING TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND LESS BUREAUCRATIC? >>GOOD QUESTION. THAT’S A PERFECT QUESTION. LOOK, THAT’S A CHALLENGE THAT WE ALWAYS FACE. I THINK THE MAIN WAY AND I DIDN’T TALK ABOUT ALL THE GROUPS. BUT I THINK THE MAIN WAY IS WE HAVE TO WORK AND WE WILL WORK WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND NONGOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND NONPROFIT AND PEOPLE WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT EVER THE COMMUNITY IS WHETHER IT’S HISPANIC OR AFRICAN AMERICAN, OR SOMALI WHATEVER POPULATION WE ARE TALKING B. TALK ABOUTING ABOUT. WE HAVE TO HAVE TALKING ABOUT WE HAVE TO HAVE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. >>YOU HAVE LONG-TERM SO WE CAN SEE THE RESULTS LONG-TERM? >>LOOK, OUR GOAL IS TO DO THIS AS LONG AS I AM GOVERNOR. AND TO DO THIS WE HOPE FOR MANY YEARS. BUT, THE SHORT-TERM GOAL IS OBVIOUSLY, FOCUSED ON THE COVID- 19. AND YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE SERVICES ARE OUT THERE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MESSAGE IS GETTING TO HISPANIC COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO MAKE AS WELL AS AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND EVERY OTHER COMMUNITY IN THE STATE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE NOT ONLY IS THE MESSAGING, BUT WHEN WE, YOU KNOW, CONTINUE TO TRY TO UPGRADE AND UP THE AMOUNT OF TESTING, AS WE ARE COMMITTED TO DO, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT GETS THOSE COMMUNITIES AS WELL. WE DON’T WANT THEM TO BE UNDERREPRESENTED IN THAT TESTING. >>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>JACK WINDSOR WFMTV MANSFIELD I AM THE LAST QUESTION AND THE QUESTION IS FOR. YOU IT’S GOING TO BE A SENSITIVE QUESTION AND I AM GOING TO DO MY BEST TO BE INTENTIONAL SO IT’S NOT MISREPRESENTED. TODAY IT SOUND AS IF WE ARE PIVOTING FROM COVID TO HOUSING EDUCATION AND TRANSPORTATION. AND I KNOW IN PAST PRESSERS WE LEARNED ABOUT DR. PAUL FARMER AND PARTNERS IN HEALTH WORKING WITH US ON CONTACT TRACING. CONTACT TRACING SEEMS TO BE PART OF A LARGER SOCIAL AGENDA FOR PARTNERS IN HEALTH. THE SITE STATES A VISION TO RECTIFY “STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE OF CAPITALISM WHICH THEY SEES AS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THINGS SUCH AS RACISM, GENDER INEQUALITY HOMOPHOBE YEAH. I AM NOT QUESTIONING THE INJUSTICE OF THE THINGS GOVERNOR. SO LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT WHAT MY QUESTION IS, CAN YOU TELL US WHY YOU CHOSE TO PARTNER WITH AN ORGANIZATION THAT DEMONIZES CAPITALISM AND SEEMS TO BE ROOTED IN LIBERATION THEOLOGY BASED ON MARXIST IDEAS. >>WELL, I NEVER ALWAYS AGREE WITH PAUL FARMER WHO STARTED AND MANY OF HIS IDEAS. BUT HE AND THE ORGANIZATION HAD AN ABILITY TO DELIVER HEALTH SERVICES. MY WE FRAN AND I ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS MAHAITI. WE HAVE SEEN WHAT HE’S DONE IN HAITI AND VISITED HAITI OVER 20 TIMES AND SO, THAT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT WE DO IN OUR PRIVATE LIVES PARTNERS WITH HEALTH YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACCEPT THE IDEOLOGY OF PAUL OR ANYBODY ELSE. BUT WHAT I AM INTERESTED IN IS GETTING THINGS DONE. AND THEY ARE NOT THE ONE OS ARE DOING IT ON THE GROUND. PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DOING IT ON THE GROUND ARE OWHO OHIOANS, THEY HAVE DONE THIS TYPE OF WORK AND THEY ARE CONSULLANT. NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES BUT AROUND THE WORLD. THEY ARE PRETTY GOOD AT. AND SO, I AM GOING TO TAKE HELP FROM WHEREVER I CAN GET IT AND FIND EXPERTISE. I DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERYONE’S IDEOLOGY OR WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT EVERY THING IN THE WORLD TO ACCEPT THAT TO BE ABLE TO USE THEIR HELP. WE ARE IN WAR. WE ARE IN A BATTLE. WE ARE GOING TO PUT THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN ON THE FIELD THE BEST PEOPLE ARE OHIOANS BUT WE WILL GET HELP FROM TO GROUP BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE SOME OF THE THINGS BEFORE. >>TRACING MANDATORY? >>ABSOLUTELY NOT. LOOK, NONE OF THIS IS HISTORICALLY BEEN MANDATORY. THIS IS ALL VOLUNTARY AND LOOK, ALL WE ARE TRYING TO DO IF SOMEONE TEST POSITIVE, FOR COVID-19, I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY OHIOAN I KNOW THAT WOULD NOT WANT TO TRY TO INFORM PEOPLE WHO THEY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH. AND TO TRY TO HELP THEM. THAT’S ALL IT IS. BUT IT’S ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY, AND QUITE CANDIDLY, IT’S HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD IS THIS PROCESS. THERE’S NOTHING NEW ABOUT IT- AND WE ARE NOT USING ANYTHING REALLY OTHER THAN PEOPLE. PEOPLE TO PEOPLE. BEFORE WE CLOSE, I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO PUT A PICTURE UP OF MATTIE BELL IF YOU PUT THAT PICTURE UP. I AM — TAKE A LOOK. SHE IS FROM HIGHLAND COUNTY AND SHE HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST SUNDAY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION OR MAY HAVE SEEN HER EXPLOSION EXPLOSION CALL THE HIGHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. AT 937-393-1421. THIS COME MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHEN WE AS AMERICANS AND OHIOANS PAUSE TO REFLECT ON SERVICE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN OUR ARMED SERVICES AND PARTICULARLY WE THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I WANT TO SHARE A COLT FROM RONALD REAGAN FROM 1983. WE OWE OUR FREEDOM TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE SERVED THIS NATION AND ITS INTEREST IN TIME OF NEED. IN PARTICULAR, WE ARE FOREVER INDEPTHED TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES THIS WE MIGHT BE FREE. END OF QUOTE. I WANT TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD WHO HAVE BEEN SERVING FELLOW EOWE HIGHOANS TO HELP WITH THE RESPONSE OF COVID-19. THEY HAVE TAKEN ON EVERY TASK THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF THEM IN THIS CRISIS. FROM HELPING WITH DISTRIBUTION, AT FOOD PANTRIES, TO PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES, WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WORK. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR OHIO’S FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AS WELL. I WANT TO END TODAY WITH A VIDEO SHOWING OUR AIR NATIONAL GUARD SALUTING OHIO’S HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND OTHER SHOTS SHOWING OTHER SHOTS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IN ACTION. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AND WE WILL SEE YOU ALL TUESDAY, TUESDAY AT 2:00. . >>THEY PUT ON A SHOW IN THE SKY SALUTE SALUTING WORKERS. THEY FLU OVER MANY OF THE AREA’S HOSPITALS AND MANY OF US ON GROUND WATCHED IN AWE. . >>WE THANK THEM VERY MUCH. HAVE GOOD MEMORIAL DAY. THANKS, EVERYBODY. >>>GOVERNOR DEWINE WRAPPING UP THE THURSDAY NEWS CONFERENCE. WITH THE THEY HAVE WHY AGENDA TODAY. AND MORE OPENINGS AS WE CONSISTENTLY MOVE THROUGH. >>A LOT TO UNPACK. >>THIS IS FOR THIS SPORTS IF HE IN THICS YAHOO RUNNING THROUGHOUT LIVING ROOM AND JUMPING UP AND DOWN. >>AND MORE IMPORTANTLY I AM HE CAN SIGHTED FOR THE KIDS TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO AT LEAST PRACTICING. GETTING BACK TO THIS SPORTS THEY LOVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE MISSED OUT ON SO MUCH. AND BEING ABLE TO GO TO THE SCHOOLS AND DO IT. >>THIS IS PROBABLY PRECURSEOR TO WHAT COLLEGE WILL DO. KIDS CAN COME BACK FOR KILLS TRAINING. THIS IS CONTACT SPORTS GOING BACK FOR FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL WEIGHT TRAINING AGILITY SKILLS NOT COMPETING. >>NO TOURNAMENTS AND NOT A SCRIMMAGE. >>YEAH. >>THE STEPS ARE THERE. SO MAY 26th FOR ALL OF THOSE SKILL TRAINING AS THEY CONTINUE TO MOVE BACK THROUGH THAT. BOWLING ALLEYS, MANY GOLF, BATTING CAGES GOING TO BE OPENING ON MAY 26th AS WELL. AND AS WE SAID BY THE END OF THE MONTH, WE WILL BE 95% BACK OPENED IN OHIO. >>JUST ABOUT. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT. IS ADRIENNE ROBBINS READY? SHE IS READY INTO GOOD DEAL. >>ADRIENNE, SHE IS EVERY DAY. A LOT TO UNPACK FOR YOU TODAY. >>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT BRAD AND DARLENE. YOU BROUGHT MORE OF THE REOPENINGS COMING UP FOR OHIO. AN EXCITING DAY FOR ATHLETES AND EXCITING FOR BRIDES. I HEARD FROM MANY GROOMS AND BRIDES WHO ARE WONDER WHETHER OR NOT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE RECEPTION. WEDDINGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN EXEMPTION BUT THE RECEPTION HAS NOT BEEN UP UNTIL TODAY. BUT TODAY, THE GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ANNOUNCING THAT ON JUNE 1ST, THOSE CATERING GROUPS AND HALLS WHAT NORMALLY WEEING RECEPTIONS ARE HELD IN WILL BE ABLE TO WELCOME CROWDS UP TO 300 PEOPLE. THAT’S A BIG WEDDING IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO HAVE YOUR RECEPTION. SO GOOD NEWS FOR THE BRIDES AS WELL AS THE ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE MORE REOPENINGS WE HEARD ABOUT TODAY. MORE NEWS WE HEARD ABOUT TODAY IS WE ARE REOPENING BUT THE CORONAVIRUS REMAINS A DANGER TO EVERYONE IN OHIO. BUT ESPECIALLY TO OUR MINORITY COMMUNITIES. BACK IN APRIL, THE GOVERNOR CREATED THE MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE AND TODAY WE ARE HEARING SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF HOW WE CAN HELP THE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE AFFECTED DISPROPORTIONATELY REALLY BY THE CORONAVIRUS. TODAY WE ARE HEARING THEY ARE GOING TO BE EXPANDING TESTING IN THE COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE NOT HAD ACCESS TO THIS PREVIOUSLY. THEY ARE GOING TO BE LAUNCHING A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN CALLED STAY IN THE FIGHT. THAT TARGETS THE COMMUNITIES TO INFORM THEM ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AND HOPE IT WILL HELP TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE GROUPS. AND ANOTHER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY, THE GOVERNOR IS SAYING HE IS CREATING A BRAND NEW POSITION THAT WILL REPORT DIRECTLY TO DR. ACTON ABOUT HOW THE STRIKE FORCE IS RECOMMENDATIONS ARE BEING PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST BUREAUCRACY. THIS IS NOT JUST LIP SERVICE HERE. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THESE MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND IT’S REALLY LIFE OR DEATH MATTER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. BRAD AND DARLENE. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS SOMETHING NEAR A DEAR TO YOUR HART IN WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND IT WAS INTERESTING TO TALK ABOUT NO NUMBERS AND THE C DID HAVE C GOVERNMENT WAS NOT– DATA HAS — THEY WERE NOT TAKING THE INFORMATION IN BY RACE. MAYBE BY SEC, YES, BUT NOT BY RACE AND THIS IS HUGE TO HEART NUMBERS. 26% OF THOSE TESTING POSITIVE ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS. 31% OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS HERE IN OHIO ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS. 17% OF THE DEATHS HERE ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS. AND THE THE GOVERNOR SAID WHERE YOU LIVE, THE RACE YOU ARE SHOULDN’T DETERMINE THE CARE THAT YOU RECEIVE OR THE INFORMATION THAT IS COMING IN ABOUT HOW THIS CORONAVIRUS IS AFFECTING YOU. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS A STATE TO HELP YOU. WE ARE TALKING HEALTH CARE, ACCESS, EDUCATION, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, THOSE FOOD DES HEERS, DESERTS AND THIS IS BRINGING ATTENTION FOR THINGS BLACK AND LATINOS HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND TO HEAR ABOUT THE VICE MAYOR TALKING ABOUT THE RESULTS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS COMING OUT TODAY. AND IT’S ALL GOING TO COME DOWN TO MESSAGING, TESTING, ACCESSIBILITY AND, OF COURSE,. >>COLLABORATION. >>COLLABORATION. THANK YOU BECAUSE YOU KNOW SOMETIMES I CAN’T READ MY WRITING. BUT YOU HEAR THAT AND THAT EXCITES ME. >>AND OBVIOUSLY, AS THE VICE MAYOR SAID, I KNOW THAT THE GOVERNOR WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON THIS. BECAUSE IF WE TALK ABOUT THIS IS A MONUMENTAL TASK. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>IF IT SHOULDN’T MATTER IT DOES, AND IT HAS FOR A LONG TIME, AND IT JUST CAME OUT AND BROUGHT TO LIGHT WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES WITH COVID- 19. >>I AM GOING TO REACH OUT TO HIM AND SEE IF WE CAN GET HIM AT N ABOUT. C4 TO HAVE CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT TO GO AFTER THESE COMMUNITIES BY GOING THROUGH THE SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES AND GO AFTER YOU NOTE CHURCHES AND PASTORS, BRINGING EVERYBODY IN ON THIS CONVERSATION. >>ALL RIGHT. LOTS MORE TO UNPACK. >>CONSIDER IT DONE. >>WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US. WE WILL BE BACK WITH YOU SHORTLY. TOP OF THE HOUR. AND DARLENE HILL AND BRAD JOHANSEN WE WILL BE HERE FROM 4 TO 6:30. NOW BACK TO ELLEN.

17 thoughts on “Coronavirus in Ohio Thursday update: Gov. DeWine, ODH Director Dr. Acton to provide 2pm update

  1. What about all the African-American babies who are aborted by their mothers? Cry me a river of tears. DeWine you're using national numbers not Ohio numbers when it comes to the health of Blacks.

  2. Race card huh?!?!
    Guess what, the reason minorities are effected is because most live in or close to very urban areas where there is close proximity of one another.

  3. You're not getting one single piece of my health info. Screw you. No testing, nothing! Covid is and has been declining for weeks. Stop the fear mongering you idiot. I'm glad that judge ruled you are overreaching your power, because you are.

  4. A death increase of 731 percent in the last 48hrs and you want to reopen the state??  OMG!!  I work in a restaurant and if it re-opens this week will I be fired if I don't go back fearing for my life? I'm not concerned about Politics, I'm concerned about DYING!!  I want to go back to work but I don't want to die to do it!  I am not willing to give up my life so this Child in the White House can try to keep his job in November! This Moron lost his job a long long time ago!  Biden isn't winning as much as trump is just throwing it all away!  Shut your mouth an do your job Donny.

  5. Public health care workers is a polite way of saying tracers. If I were an African-American Ohioan, I'd be afraid because DeWine is coming for you make no mistake about it. DeWine is going to be up in all your private business. Of course, he's doing it for your own good. Wink, wink.

  6. Partners in Health and it's founder Paul Farmer destroyed Haiti and Rwanda. Do some research. Remember, DeWine wants their help.

  7. my friend veronica told me that she bought the mask on the site 8xygenmask.com, and that it arrived in 2 days. I ordered yesterday morning, it arrived an hour ago. thank you 8xygenmask.com, these are really the most beautiful masks I have seen in this period.

  8. People can disagree with me all they want too. The numbers are going up, not down. They are opening up everything way too soon. I work at a retail store and have had over 200 people in the store at a time. At least 75% not wearing masks. This is just gonna keep getting worse and worse. Smh

  9. This is a daily joke in Ohio – complete waste of 90 minutes almost every day covered by all 4 local stations

  10. DeWine will be like James Rhodes….his history will be deaths….he can't atone for this….this is all DeWines fault….he needs to back this down now….he is killing innocent Ohioans…..

  11. Hay Dewine Amazon latest news on Amazon 1 dead from the North Randell facility many infected I could careless about your color tie for the day investigate Amazon please

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