COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted held their daily update at 2pm, Friday, on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the state.
As of Friday, a total of 15,169 cases have been reported, leading to 3,053 hospitalizations and 690 deaths. Of the hospitalizations, 920 were ICU admissions.
At the beginning of Friday’s briefing, Governor DeWine announced the state of Ohio will cover the cost of foster children turning 18 over the next three months to continue to be taken care of until this pandemic is over.
DeWine also stated that 336 inmates have been released in the past week, and 844 have been released in the past five weeks.
Next, DeWine announced a partnership with Thermo Fisher, that will help increase testing in the state. He stated that by May 27, there will be 22,000 tests administered a day in Ohio.
Because of the testing, DeWine said Ohio will be able to begin contact tracing in the state. He did stress this would be done in a voluntary way.
Lt. Governor Husted reminded Ohioans Friday to get their mail-in ballots in the mail.
According to Husted, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said 1.7 million voters in Ohio have requested mail-in ballots, but the state has received only 1 million of the ballots.
Dr. Mark H. Weir with Ohio State University joined DeWine Thursday, via video, to talk about the science behind the spread of COVID-19, how quickly it spreads and what Ohio needs to do in order to reopen safely.
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, who was absent from Thursday and Friday’s press conferences, is expected to take part in Monday’s press conference where she, DeWine, and Husted are expected to present the plan to reopen Ohio.
DeWine said on Friday there would be no briefings over the weekend.