Coronavirus in Ohio update: 1,933 cases reported, 39 deaths, K-12 school order extended

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Update: Coronavirus in Ohio Tuesday update: 2 p.m. briefing with Gov. DeWine, Dr. Acton scheduled

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Dr. Amy Acton will provide an update on the state’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus Monday afternoon.

As of Monday, there are 1,933 cases reported in Ohio, 475 leading to hospitalization. There have been 39 deaths reported.

During Monday’s briefing, Governor DeWine announced the order keeping children out of K-12 schools will be extended through May 1.

General John Harris Jr. joined the briefing Monday to discuss a new role for the Ohio National Guard during the crisis. General Harris said he is working on the expansion of Ohio’s hospital capacity.

According to Dr. Amy Acton, current modeling data shows the coronavirus peak will come in Ohio mid to late April.

During a briefing Sunday, DeWine urged the FDA to clear Battelle to begin using machines that can each sterilize up to 80,000 masks per day. He called an earlier decision to limit the use of the technology reckless.

Late Sunday night, the FDA cleared Battelle to sterilize N95 masks at max capacity, and operate the systems in other states.

Monday, DeWine said he is happy and grateful the FDA gave Battelle the go-ahead to begin sterilizing masks.

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