Ohio will continue to reopen throughout the month of May despite a new order DeWine is calling a “stay safe Ohio order.”
He stressed that the order is no longer a stay at home order, but a stay safe Ohio order that signals a new stage in the state’s battle against coronavirus.
As the state continues to reopen throughout the month, some things will supersede parts of the stay safe order, DeWine said.
“This is not going to last forever,” he said. “The end is in sight. Not the end of the virus, but the ability to get back to normal.”
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Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the change from a stay at home order to stay safe reflects the state’s transition to the next phase of life in Ohio during the pandemic.
While staying home is still the safest place, Husted said state leaders know people are going to go out more and want to make sure people have the best knowledge and know the best practices to stay safe.
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Ohio is reporting 18,743 total cases of coronavirus and 1,002 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
There are 17,962 confirmed cases and 922 deaths.
There have been 3,634 hospitalizations reported as well as 1,056 ICU admissions.
The governor said more details will be released Monday about testing.
Ohio’s stay t home order was extended to May 29. The order includes exceptions for workers in the various industries that DeWine’s administration have scheduled to reopen this month.
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