According to today's updated Ohio Public Health Advisory System
map, 68 counties are currently rated as having a very high risk
of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 56 counties last
week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties
since the launch of the advisory system in July.
Both Franklin and Tuscarawas counties met six of seven
advisory-system indicators and are approaching Purple Level 4.
Ohio also had another record-breaking day for new cases reported
in a 24-hour period, with 7,101 cases reported between yesterday
and today. A total of 268 new hospitalizations were reported, as
well as 35 more deaths.
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.
NEW ZIP CODE DASHBOARD:
Governor DeWine today announced the creation of a new zip code
dashboard. Ohioans can now view data from their local
communities and filter data by probable or confirmed case
status, county, a specific zip code, or a specific time period.
Case counts will also be available on a downloadable, filterable
chart sorted from the most cases to the least. To protect
confidentiality, case counts for zip codes with fewer than five
cases or less than 100 total residents will not be displayed.
The new zip code dashboard can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
NEW FLU DASHBOARD:
Governor DeWine also announced a new flu dashboard that expands
the statewide data that the Ohio Department of Health shares on
seasonal flu activity each year.
The new dashboard shows flu trends over time with charts that
indicate whether flu hospitalizations or cases of flu-like
illness are on the rise or decline as compared to the previous
week and compared to the five-year average data.
Hospitalization data is broken down by region, county, date,
sex, age, race, and ethnicity. The data shows only positive flu
PCR tests reported by public health laboratories and selected
clinical laboratories that participate in the national flu
Additional data will be added moving forward, and the dashboard
will be updated every Friday at 9 a.m.
The new flu dashboard can be found at flu.ohio.gov.
FUNDING FOR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS:
Governor DeWine announced that the state is setting aside $30
million to assist the state’s 113 local health departments. Each
department will receive $200,000 and will have the flexibility
to determine how to best use the funds as they see fit to fight
The remaining money will be used to hire contact tracers to
support local health departments. Contact tracers will deploy
where they are needed across the state to assist in identifying
individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and prevent
GRANT ASSISTANCE STILL AVAILABLE:
Lt. Governor Jon Husted today reminded Ohio small businesses
that the application period for the Small Business Relief Grant
and Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is now open.
The Small Business Relief Grant provides a $10,000 grant to
small businesses with at least one but no more than 25
employees. The grant funding will help businesses pay for a
variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments;
utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees
and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other
costs. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served
basis. To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state,
$500,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88
counties. When a county’s allocation is depleted, businesses in
that county will be eligible to receive grants from the
remaining funds in the overall grant program.
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund provides $2,500 for those
permit holders who haven’t been able to fully use their liquor
permit. Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit through
the Ohio Department of Commerce will be eligible to receive
$2,500 per unique business location. Businesses need to have an
active on-premise permit as of close of business on October 23,
More information can be found at BusinessHelp.Ohio.gov.
BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE:
Governor DeWine today signed
a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in
Hamilton County due to the catastrophic crash that heavily
damaged the Brent Spence Bridge which connects Cincinnati and
Although Kentucky leads all bridge maintenance, Governor DeWine
authorized the Ohio Department of Transportation to assist with
repairs so that the bridge can reopen as soon as possible.
The state of emergency declaration will allow Ohio to recover
bridge repair expenses from the Federal Emergency Relief
GOVERNOR'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY:
First Lady Fran DeWine announced today that the Ohio Governor’s
Imagination Library Program is now being offered to children in
all of Ohio's 88 counties.
Kids from birth to age five statewide are now eligible to
receive a free book in the mail each month, no matter what
county they live in.
When First Lady DeWine started this program with the Dolly
Parton Imagination Library, only a handful of counties offered
the books and 13 percent of Ohio children were enrolled.
Parents are encouraged to enroll their kids in this free
literary program. To sign up, visit ohioimaginationlibrary.org
CURRENT CASE DATA:
In total, there are 267,356 confirmed and probable cases of
COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 5,623 confirmed and probable
COVID-19 deaths. A total of 21,290 people have been hospitalized
throughout the pandemic, including 4,122 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