COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman whose brother, mother and father died of coronavirus pleaded for people to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines, while President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Ohio and ordered federal help for state and local recovery efforts.
A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Wednesday:
The Health Department said it’s received Ohio’s allotment of personal protective equipment from the national strategic stockpile. That includes more than 100,000 gowns, nearly 500,000 gloves, and more than 670,000 masks. But Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said the supplies don’t meet the state’s needs and urged that supplies be conserved and new items donated.
In Grove City in suburban Columbus, a woman whose brother, mother and father died this week of coronavirus pleaded for people to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines, according to WSYX/WTTE-TV in Columbus. A GoFundMe page has been created to support the family.
Nearly 2,200 cases are confirmed, with 55 deaths as of Tuesday and nearly 600 people hospitalized, officials reported. That doesn’t reflect all cases in Ohio, because the state limits testing to those who are hospitalized and to health care workers.
For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing pneumonia or death.
President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration late Tuesday for Ohio and ordered federal help for state and local recovery efforts. Gov. Mike DeWine had been urging such a move.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says three inmates at three different institutions have been isolated pending testing. Marion Correctional Institution is under quarantine after a staff member tested positive, and six inmates at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus are also under quarantine. No inmate has tested positive.
In Toledo, an inmate and a nurse at the Lucas County Jail each tested positive, according to The Blade.
Associated Press writers Mark Gillispie in Cleveland, John Seewer in Toledo and Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.
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