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Published on Mar 25, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine admitted in his daily press conference the designation of an essential business under the state's stay-at-home order is ambiguous to provide some flexibility for critical supply chains.
However, he stressed the importance of suspending all but essential business because coronavirus likely peek until May 1.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said that food and health care supply chain businesses need more drivers. The Ohio Department of Transportation is cutting some red tape for some commercial driver's licenses.
Husted also said the Ohio unemployement benefits website is also back up after being overwhelmed by high levels of visitors.
Ohio now has 704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 10 deaths. Cases have been reported in 55 counties. People infected with the virus has been hospitalized 26% percent of the time, with 11% requiring intensive care.
Ohio Department of Health Dr. Amy Acton said the state will need to double its ICU capacity.