Governor DeWine released Ohio's updated Public Health Advisory
System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of
Health found that nine counties currently have a very high risk
of exposure and spread: Ashland, Butler, Delaware, Mercer,
Montgomery, Pike, Putnam, Scioto, and Stark.
A total of 67 counties stayed at the same level as last week,
and Portage County dropped from Level 3 to Level 2.
A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19
in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System's website.
HIGHER EDUCATION SCREENING
Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio's ResponsibleRestart
guidelines for higher education will now include a
recommendation that all residential colleges and universities
regularly test a sample population of asymptomatic students.
"Some schools are already doing this, and screening asymptomatic
students really gives school leaders a good idea about virus
spread on their campuses," said Governor DeWine. "Our
expectation is that colleges and universities will screen at
least 3 percent of their at-risk population on a regular
The updated ResponsibleRestart Ohio guidance will be posted to coronavirus.ohio.gov in
the next few days.
Governor DeWine announced two new health orders that will allow
for indoor visitation at nursing homes, assisted living
facilities, and intermediate care facilities in Ohio.
Intermediate Care Facilities:
The Ohio Department of Health today issued the Director's
Order to Limit Access to Ohio's Intermediate Care Facilities for
Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and to Permit
Visitation. Intermediate care facilities for Ohioans
with developmental disabilities can resume indoor visitation
beginning on Monday, September 28, if safety standards outlined
in the order are met.
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can begin allowing
indoor visitation on Monday, October 12. This date was selected
to allow adequate time for the facilities to prepare their
physical plants, adjust staffing levels, update visitation
policies, and communicate expectations with residents and
Indoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living
facilities should only resume if certain safety standards are
met. These standards will be outlined in a forthcoming public
When visitation resumes, a Long-Term Care Facility Dashboard
will be added to the COVID-19 data dashboard at coronavirus.ohio.gov where
users can access facility-specific visitation information.
SPORTS ORDER MODIFICATION
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the one-game-per-calendar-day
limit on sports competitions has been removed from the current
sports order, which will be available soon on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
This change comes over a month after the most recent guidelines
were published with evidence showing that events have gone on
without any noticeable increase in spread.
OHIO NATIONAL GUARD - PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Following a request from authorities in Cleveland, Governor
DeWine today issued a proclamation to activate approximately 300
members of the Ohio National Guard to assist the Cleveland
Police Department during the presidential debate in Cleveland on
The deployed National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be
activated as part of the National Guard Response Force and will
assist police in areas such as traffic control, site security,
and critical infrastructure protection.
The Ohio National Guard has provided support for similar events
in the past, including the Republican National Convention in
2016 and several presidential inaugurations.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA
There are 147,744 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 4,715 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 15,051 people have been hospitalized, including 3,228
admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign
language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio
Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or