LIVE: Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Dept. of Health Director Amy Acton give April 17 COVID-19 update

Posted at 1:50 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 13:50:47-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to update Ohio residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus.

You can watch the news conference in the player below around 2 p.m.

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After months of increased restrictions placed upon businesses and employees across Ohio to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday he and his team have been looking ahead and planning for the gradual return to life as we knew it.

The plan, which DeWine reminded is not a guarantee, will look to start reopening the economy and some businesses in Ohio with very strict guidelines beginning on May 1 once the current stay at home order expires.

With many companies deemed essential that have remained open through the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons in safety, hygiene and protocol have been learned and that knowledge will be adopted as guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to reopen, DeWine said.

You can read more about the plan, here.

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