Health Director issues ‘Stay at Home’ order for all Ohioans

Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTRF) – Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday that Dr. Amy Acton has signed a ‘Stay at Home’ order for all Ohioans.

The order goes into effect Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. It is expected to remain in effect until Monday, April 6.

We haven’t faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years – we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives. Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence.

Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH)

DeWine says the mandate will be enforced by local health departments and law enforcement, although the order includes things he’s already been asking residents to do, such as stay at home except for essential needs.

This comes one day after the governor reported the second and third coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, there are currently 351 positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio. Of that 351, 83 patients are hospitalized.

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