COLUMBUS, Ohio — In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have switched to a work-from-home setting for employees, including state employers. On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine asked anyone who is able to work from home to do so as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state.
DeWine said working from home can help slow down the transmission of the virus and the potential contact people may have.
“We’re asking employers and employees to continue [working remotely], and of some who have returned to work, we’re asking them to take a hard look at this and see whether they could go remote again,” DeWine said. “We have to do everything we can during this very serious time when our hospitals are really being hit to slow down the transmission, slow down the potential contacts people might have.”
DeWine announced that the plan to return state employees back into the workplace in stages in January has been paused.
The request for employees to switch to remote work when possible comes after the state reported 6,631 new COVID-19 cases and 30 new deaths.