Lydia Taylor

Lydia Taylor is a news intern for WKSU. She is a junior multimedia journalism major at Kent State University with experience in print and visual journalism. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism.  During the school year, Taylor works for Kent State Student Media in The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is currently an assigning editor and a reporter in the Kent State University Student Media Newsroom for the spring semester. 

Ohio will be extending its stay-at-home order to May 1. The new order will go into effect Monday night when the old order expires. 

"We're not going to be able to go back normal," Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. 

The new projected peak for a surge in COVID-19 cases is between April 15 and May 15. Ohio has more than 2,900 cases as of Thursday, and 81 deaths have been confirmed — 16 more than Wednesday. 

The Ohio EPA has signed an order that prohibits water shutoffs across the state during the coronavirus pandemic. 
"This will help us assure that as many people as possible have safe water during the state of emergency," DeWine said.
The order will also allow residents to have water services reinstated if they've had it shut off since Jan. 1, 2020. Ohioans will have to reach out their providers to get their water turned back on. 

Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will sign an order Monday suspending in-person classes for K-12 schools until May 1. 

A few weeks ago, DeWine suspended those classes for three weeks, but because of the surge of COVID-19 cases, they decided to extend the order.

There are now 1,933 cases in Ohio and 39 deaths have been confirmed across 19 counties. "We still see that our peak is going to be, we're thinking, in a couple of weeks," Acton said. 

Ohio's top health official delivered grim but expected numbers about the coronavirus outbreak during Friday's press conference. 

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Although Gov. Mike DeWine didn't issue any new orders during Thursday's press conference, Ohio's top health official wanted Ohioans to know what they're doing is helping the health care system. 
"Ohio, what you're doing is absolutely saving lives," said Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health. 
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 867 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths have been confirmed in the state. But Acton said it could be far worse if residents weren't staying home and social distancing. However, there's more work to do. 

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio's top health official had a mix of good and bad news at Tuesday's press conference.

Ohio has confirmed 564 COVID-19 cases in the state and eight deaths — two more than Monday. Deaths have occurred in Stark, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lucas, Franklin, and Gallia Counties. 

DeWine said although he never wants to see the numbers rise, it's expected. But Ohio is on the right track and is preparing for that surge, he said.