Ohioans face an additional four weeks in isolation as the stay-at-home order is extended to May 1.
Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the initial "Stay at Home" order for the state, which was due to expire next Monday, will be extended to May 1.
The Ohio Department of Health is now reporting 2,902 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, 802 hospitalizations and 81 deaths. A surge in new COVID-19 cases is expected to hit Ohio in the coming weeks. The governor said the state is trying to avoid a worst-case scenario.
"It’s clear we’re not going to be able to go back to normal... we have to stay at home." DeWine said.
The new order will include additional regulations such as retailers limiting the total number of people inside stores, and asking anyone traveling to Ohio to self-quarantine for 14 days with some exceptions.
"Thank you for what you have been doing, thank you for the sacrifices you have been making. You are making financial sacrifices, you are making personal sacrifices, our lives have changed. What you have done has saved lives," DeWine said.
The new order takes effect 12:01am Tuesday.