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Governor DeWine Press Conference Summary for Saturday, April 4, 2020

Correction:  Below is a summary from SATURDAY'S press conference. There was no press conference on Sunday (yesterday), but one is scheduled for today at 2pm.

Below are the updates from Saturday’s press conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton. There was no press conference scheduled on Sunday. Monday's press conference is scheduled for 2pm. 

Here’s the news from Saturday:

  • In Ohio there are 3,739 confirmed cases, 326 ICU admissions, 1,006 hospitalizations, and 102 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.  
  • Governor DeWine signed an executive order that effectively allows Ohioans to more easily access telehealth services from individual counselors, social workers, marriage, and family counselors without the requirement to have an initial in-person appointment first. Download a copy of the order 
  • Governor DeWine encouraged Ohioans to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers are encouraged to allow their employees to wear masks as well.  Download a checklist for additional information.   
  • Lt. Governor Husted announced that the State of Ohio has been working with providers to find public hotspot locations that Ohioans can use in areas where they may not otherwise have access to internet from home. A list of hotspot finders and locations by provider is available at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp under the “Individuals and Families” tab.   
  • CALL TO ACTION: We are all in this together and each of us have an important role to play in helping to flatten the curve. Please help us share Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton’s important message with your networks, friends, family, and various communication channels by posting the attached logos on social media using  and #StayHomeOhio.    
  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Employers with questions should email 

As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.

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