So, he said, officials are emphasizing that the virus is still
out there and ``still very, very dangerous`` so people should
continue maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing
Retail businesses in Ohio will be allowed to reopen Tuesday.
Barbershops, hair salons, day spas, nail salons, and other
services can start reopening Friday. Construction
companies, distributors, manufacturers and offices were
allowed to open last week.
DeWine said the state had been ``hit very hard`` by the crisis
with more than a million people applying for unemployment, so
``we have to move forward.``
``And we know it's a risk as we start the economy back open,``
he said. ``But it's a risk if you don't too ... with, you know,
not being able to come back economically.``
``My message to my fellow Ohioans has always been, we can do two
things at once, but we can only do them if we're very, very
careful about it,`` he said.
DeWine said he is also pushing for more testing as the reopening
progresses. ``The testing and tracing is an integral part of
what we're doing,'' he said.
The governor said the state will continue to monitor daily
hospitalization rates which are currently ``pretty flat.``
The number of confirmed and probable deaths associated with the
coronavirus in Ohio reached 1,341, state health officials said
At least 1,220 deaths were confirmed by the Ohio Department of
Health and another 121 were considered probable under guidelines
issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and
The department said more than 22,800 cases had been confirmed
and the number of confirmed and probable cases had topped
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that
clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with
existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe
illness, including pneumonia, or death.