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COLUMBUS — With adult day care and senior centers poised to open across the state on Monday, Governor Mike DeWine welcomed Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy to provide an update on testing and other issues.

Director McElroy explained that frequent testing in congregate settings is important to control the spread of the virus.

She also mentioned that adult day care and senior centers will open on Monday. The facilities will test staff every other week and participants if they present symptoms.

Delphos Senior Citizen Center Director Alice Curth said she is following instructions from the board of directors, who, Curth said, feel the testing and other parameters are too much for to open the center at this time.

“We would have to test everyone every two weeks and it’s unclear who pays for that and we can’t afford it,” Curth said. “There is another webinar from the Ohio Department Aging next week but I don’t thing anything will change on our end.

“We have another board meeting in October and we’ll revisit everything and there might be a different decision then, but for now, we’re going to keep doing what we are doing with rides for appointments, the food distributions and we have a ‘Good to Know, Lunch and Go’ coming up the health department has approved for us to have in the garage with social distancing. We are also still playing phone bingo each day.”

Curth is hopeful restrictions will lessen enough to bring the seniors back to the center daily but for now, their safety and the safety of her employees is most important.

If visitors have questions about protocols or concerns about a facility in their area, they can contact the Ohio Department of Aging. The Department of Aging is working on a dashboard to increase transparency about the status of visitation at facilities across the state.

Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

Governor DeWine announced that 20 women and men, representing four branches of the military will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame at a virtual ceremony on November 5th. These Ohioans, from 16 counties, have continued to serve the United States as well as Ohio, as business owners, community volunteers, scientists, advocates, engineers, and much more.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established by Governor George Voinovich in 1992. Governor Voinovich established the Hall of Fame to recognize Ohio veterans’ military service, as well as their service to Ohio and their communities after leaving the military. A total of 895 of Ohio’s Veterans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The virtual ceremony can be viewed on Nov. 5 at OhioVets.gov.

Ohio to work

Governor DeWine, along with JP Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio, announced that JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Development Services Agency will launch a pilot initiative called Ohio To Work. The Initiative will help connect Ohioans looking for a job to a new job opportunity. Ohio To Work brings together employers, nonprofits, educators, and training providers to help Ohioans reskill and restart their careers. Individuals participating in Ohio To Work will be provided a career coach, be invited to virtual career fairs, and be connected to employers ready to hire. The first Ohio To Work initiative will be launched in Cleveland- Cuyahoga County. Ohioans can learn more at OhioToWork.com.

Current COVID-19 data

There were 139,485 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio on Tuesday and 4,506 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 14,481 people have been hospitalized, including 3,111 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of Tuesday’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.