Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted has announced that action has been taken against a company in the state for not following the stay-at-home order by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
“We are starting to take action today against a company, and we expect it won’t be the last company — businesses that clearly are not essential but remain open,” said Lt Governor Jon Husted at the state daily briefing attended by Governor Mike DeWine, Health Director Amy Acton and Fran DeWine, the wife of the Governor.
“We hope everyone is back in business shortly, but we don’t think this will peak until May 1. The only way we slow it down is with physical/social distancing.”
Lt. Governor Jon Husted urged businesses that are not clear on “the Stay Home Ohio order, to visit the website at coronavirus.ohio.gov. You need to use your own good judgment of that order to make your own determination if you are essential”.
“All our decisions have been based on the best information we could get. The essential job of the government is to protect people, especially the most vulnerable. These decisions weren’t easy, but they were based on protecting Ohioans’ lives.”
He added that “even if you aren’t an essential business, these safe work environment standards are going to last for a while as we come out of the situation we’re in. Everyone should prepare themselves to follow these standards.”
Speaking on access to health care at this time, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said “we are talking with the best people we can find, the experts. I’ve been talking with other governors about how we coordinate the expansion of hospitals — because we want, no matter where you live, you to have access to the healthcare you need.”
He commended businesses that are supporting the government efforts asking them “to do more.”
“Cincinnati-based Procter and Gamble CEO David Taylor is an example of a leader stepping up to help spread the message of how staying at home will help all of us. He immediately rallied his team to help get the message to younger people that this is serious and staying home is critical,” said Governor Mike DeWine
The number of fatalities in the state has risen to 10. An updated record includes “Number of hospitalizations: 182; Number of ICU admissions: 75; Long-term care residents: 24 and Healthcare workers: 116”