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Urgent care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, on March 31, 2020.
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Thousands of Ohioans whose elective procedures were postponed as a result of the state’s coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to access the treatment they need. Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is easing its restrictions on medical centers, and first priority will be given to patients awaiting surgeries.

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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Nearly a million Ohioans lack access to high-speed Internet. So doing schoolwork or regular work online is not an option unless users go in search of WiFi hotspots.

The pandemic has magnified a problem the state has struggled to solve.

Call logs from Jessica Zalants, who's been trying to reach Ohio's unemployment hotline.
Courtesy of Jessica Zalants / Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism

Marcia Gassaway was in the first wave of Ohioans put out of work by COVID-19.

The single mom from Cleveland went to the emergency room on March 15. Due to her coronavirus-like symptoms, doctors ordered that she be quarantined at a special facility.

More coronavirus testing and more protective masks will soon be available statewide as Ohio officials work to continue flattening Ohio’s COVID-19 curve. 

At his daily briefing Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine also announced further steps towards easing the essential businesses order.

Dozens of confirmed COVID-19 deaths have been recorded across the state in just the last few days, with confirmed cases now reported in 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

State officials are warning residents that the process of loosening stay-at-home restrictions will be slow and gradual. And when businesses do start to reopen, the state hopes to have a system in place to track the possible spread of coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new order Monday requiring long-term care facilities to notify families within 24 hours if a resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Although the Ohio Department of Health has encouraged facilities to do this in the past, it is now a requirement. 

About 75 people wearing masks and carrying signs protest outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Around 75 protesters gathered outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday to criticize the government's restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Unemployment Claims Near 700,000

Apr 9, 2020
Honda's factory in Marysville, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Officials say 695,519 people in Ohio filed for unemployment in the last three weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake the economy.

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton explains a coronavirus model.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state is seeing a steady increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and a steeper rise in the number of deaths. However, medical researchers are putting out models showing the potential peak of coronavirus is getting lower.

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution died of COVID-19 on April 8, 2020.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution has died from COVID-19, the first fatality within Ohio's prison system.

alcohol poured into a shot glass

Ohio restaurants have not been able to serve mixed drinks and straight liquor since the state put a stop to in-person dining last month. Now, the state is making a change to its rules that will allow restaurants to serve those drinks along with take-out meals.

A sign at Dempsey's says "shut happens."
David Holm / WOSU

The stay-at-home order in place for Ohio has been extended until May 1, and each state neighboring Ohio has imposed similar measures. Both have seen higher numbers of both coronavirus cases and deaths.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference on March 30, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order to expand telehealth in the state on Saturday to help with fight the spread of coronavirus.

The order will allow Ohioans to more easily access services with mental health workers like social workers, counselors and marriage counselors. Patients will be able to see such professionals without first having had an in-person consultation. He also waived telehealth training for these providers.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio has extended its stay-at-home order, including the ban on non-essential businesses, until May 1. 

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order requesting commercial lenders to press pause on collecting payments from businesses.