. Praises Ohio teachers and administrators
. 38 Prisoners position for early release
. Guidance on small business loans ready
Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, at the daily state briefing with Governor Mike DeWine and Health Director Amy Acton said 21,000 job openings have been posted to the new coronavirus.ohio.gov/jobsearch as businesses that are essential continue to seek for workers in this period of coronavirus pandemic.
“We had 11,000 open jobs on that site yesterday and today there are 21,000 open Ohio jobs,” said Lt. Governor Husted.
Meanwhile, Governor Mike DeWine announced that banks have finally received guidelines for the granting of loans to businesses affected by the restrictions to combat COVID-19.
“COVID19 is not just a health virus, it’s an economic virus on us all. We’ve taken many steps to help Ohioans, but I received a call this morning from a few banks who said we finally got guidance from SBA for the loans in the Payment Protection Program as part of the CAREAct.“
“The banks now have guidance on how you can apply. Many are doing that today. In talking with businesses, many talked about how easy it was.”
”It is focused on employers with 500 employers, are fewer — and the loan can be forgivable for things like payroll, interest on a mortgage, rent, and utilities. Go to coronavirus.ohio.gov/
businesshelpfor more details,” said Governor DeWine.
He also commended Ohio’s teachers and school administrators, noting that their “dedication to your students, their families, and your communities is truly incredible.”
“From parades of teachers through neighborhoods, fun read-alouds, personal notes, zoom meetings, and unique classroom projects, teachers are helping students understand that we are all in this together and we will get through this.”
“I’d like to take a moment to recognize and thank Ohio’s teachers and school administrators. As we know, we are in unfamiliar territory as distance learning is in full effect across the state,” said Governor DeWine.
He said that, “Ohio education has created Remote Learning Resource Guide. It’s available on the Department of Education website and on coronavirus.ohio.gov.”
According to him, “the Ohio Department of Education consulted with educators across the state to discuss how they’re approaching remote learning, and this guide incorporates their best advice for not only where to find information, but also for how to use it.”
“This guide is designed to be a one-stop shop to help schools, educators, students, parents, and caregivers as they navigate a new way of teaching and learning.”
In regard to more COVID19 testing, Governor DeWine said, “we need more testing and we need results quicker. As far as quicker results, it’s starting because hospitals are no longer going to outside labs. This is important that we get the results back quickly.“
“Also, there is a shortage in the chemicals or reagents necessary to run the tests. Again, we have a group working on that to make sure these are available. The testing is complex and we are working to ramp up testing. That won’t be set up overnight, but we are making progress,” he said.
On Prisons, Governor DeWine said, “our DRC Ohio team has done a great job. They’ve been working on their plan since February. Visitation has stopped, employees/contractors are screened, inmates coming in are screened, and we have a 5-week period where new inmates stay in reception.“
”But no system is perfect. We’ve seen what has been happening in other states.”
”I felt it was important to look at our prison population. We have almost 49,000 prisoners. We’ve started to look at different prisons who it might make sense to send home early.”
“We are sending letters to judges in the state about 38 prisoners who might be able to be released early. These are not sex offenders, murderers, domestic abusers…we’ve screened out many people.”
”We have 15 people over the age of 60 and are approaching their release date that we believe could be released early. Again, these are not serious violent offenders.”
”We do have 23 women in our prison who are pregnant or have a child in prison. We will send a letter to the judge in their case to make a determination on if these women are appropriate to be released early.”