DeWine
DeWine

What many have anticipated came to fruition Sunday afternoon with Governor Mike DeWine's daily coronavirus update:

Ohio residents are being asked to stay at home.

"We are in a crucial time in this war. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have come down with COVID19 and also have time to treat everyone who has had another medical problem. Time is of the essence," DeWine said. "We haven't faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years. We are at war. In the time of war, we have to make sacrifices, and I thank all of you for all you are doing, all you are refraining from doing. You are making a huge difference."

DeWine said the order doesn't contain any surprises.

"There is nothing in the order that we haven't already been talking about. There is nothing in this that I haven't been asking you to do for the last few weeks," he said.

It does permit exceptions to staying home. Common sense exceptions: leaving for health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity (walking your dog, going to a park -- although playgrounds are closed).

The second part of the shelter-in-place order talks about essential workers and businesses.

"We used the Homeland Security guidelines. These are the accepted businesses that are essential for us to continue to live," DeWine said. "But, it should not be business as usual. This is not a joke. It is not a drill. We must limit exposure. This will help save lives. This is the time that you will see quiet descend on our country - as it should - so we can protect those who protect us.

"The lesson of history time after time has been if you don't do these things early enough you pay the price - and the price you pay is a lot of people dying," he said.

The orders can be enforced by the local health departments and local law enforcement. It will go into effect at 11:59 Monday and stay in effect until April 6.

"We'll reassess then," DeWine said.

Restaurants are still permitted to offer carryout, deliver and drive-thru services.

"Carryout is still OK. We advise people to do social distancing, but they can still pick up food," DeWine said.

Getting outside and walking or hiking is encouraged while still observing social distancing practices.

Daycares also received further restrictions.

Coronavirus in Ohio by the numbers

Confirmed Cases: 351

Illness onset date range: 02/07/20 – 03/22/20

Age range: 1-93 years, median 51 years

Sex: 159 females, 192 males

Hospitalizations: 83

Deaths: 3 (Cuyahoga, Erie, Lucas)

Counties with cases: 40

Acton said these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg and testing is still limited.

"There is still an incredible shortage of testing supplies in Ohio," she said "We have to save the testing for frontline first responders and those at the highest risk."

Acton's order for residents to "stay at home" can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov