Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 18th, 2020
Recent evaluations of COVID-19 have continued to show enormous changes each and every day within the lives of millions of Americans across the county.
Subsequently, leaders within the vicinity of our Tri-State area are exceedingly busy implementing and adapting to new measures with intent to stop the spread, shutting down schools and restaurants and canceling events.
Herein is the latest information on the coronavirus, or COVID-19, as it applied to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This information will provide resources designed to prepare and keep families of their citizenry safe.
I do not know how true this is. However, reportedly it will take approximately 15 Days to Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus.
Educational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resources.
To fully understand the scope of this latest count look at the population count of each state in our immediate Tri-State area. Accordingly the last official Census occurred in 2010, showing Ohio had a population of 11,536,504. This number has increased slightly to 11,548,087 in 2015, representing a very slight growth rate.
Kentucky’s population is projected to reach 4.6 million by the 2020 Census and will nearly surpass the 5 million mark a decade later.
Indiana had approximately 6.48 million residents the last time a Census was done, in 2010. The nation’s population was estimated to be 328.2 million in 2019, with a 0.5% increase as compared to 2018. However, Indiana’s population grew from an estimated 6,695,497 residents in 2018 to an estimated 6,732,219 people last year.
Because it is believed that the information given herein is immeasurably credible and correct, then it stands to reasoning that we are having an enormous health problem.
On Monday, May 18th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has coordinated with local law enforcement and health officials to make sure restaurants and bars are complying with the state’s reopening guidelines.
DeWine had this to say; “This announcement came just days after many Ohio restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen their outdoor dining areas with restrictions and safety guidelines. He added, “while there is significant risk during the reopening of Ohio, there is also risk in not reopening. It’s up to all of us to open our economy but to do this in a safe way.”
The governor believes that it is how Ohioans work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is directly related to the state’s economic will recovery.
Moreover, DeWine said; “When we look at how restaurants and bars operate, distance is key! We got reports over the weekend that most were doing an amazing job. But, it’s clear that we have some outliers businesses that were not doing what they should do.”
Also, Cincinnati Mayor, John Cranley who sees it as being very problematic as well on Monday gave an update on restaurants and bars opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the city’s enforcement of and compliance to recent public health orders from the governor.
Cranley continued to say; “overall, restaurants and bars had great compliance with health orders by bars and restaurants, but there were a few issues Friday night. Cincinnati Health Department and Cincinnati police deployed extra teams to high-traffic areas Saturday night to help establishments ensure public safety and compliance.”
Cranley added, fines and other legal actions may be taken. Enforcement will be enhanced and bars can and will be shut down if necessary to protect the public health.”
Reportedly, Cranley who also met with the city manager, police and health department leaders over the weekend and discussed proper workable enforcement procedures going forward.
The mayor said city leaders are looking toward this weekend as restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining to make sure they continue to follow guidelines.
Cranley with leaders said to help educate bar and restaurant owners with responsibly and safely reopening, the City of Cincinnati will host a free webinar tomorrow night at 5:30 P.M. Business owners and managers can register for the webinar here.
Supportively Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac said; “I want to thank local business owners for their willingness to work with us on these matters. Obviously there’s a learning curve. We want to work with bars, restaurants and other businesses to help ensure everyone is adhering to the law and acting responsibly.”
Understandably, this update came after restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen their outdoor dining areas to patrons. The reopening was met with some issues over the weekend like overcrowding and patrons appearing to not be following social distancing protocols, prompting a warning from the mayor and Governor Mike DeWine.
However, DeWine added the state is using its resources to assemble a large contingent of law enforcement and health officials from across state agencies and from our local communities to enforce the reopening guidelines.
Also, DeWine said; “We will coordinate with them as part of the Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit. They will surge in to conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants. They will issue administrative citations that could result in the revocation of liquor licenses. Further, we will work with municipal prosecutors to take potential criminal actions against these bad actors.”
DeWine said, “the enforcement will be in two groups, public safety officials and health officials. The public safety group will be expansion of existing group under the public safety department. The governor said he is not sure how many people will be in the group but they will not all be deployed at once.”
DeWine continued to say; “not only can restaurants be cited, but individuals can be cited as well if they violate the state’s reopening guidelines. As of Monday afternoon, Ohio has 28,454 cases and 1,657 deaths.”
The Cincinnati metropolitan area, informally known as Greater Cincinnati or the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Area, is a metropolitan area that includes counties in the U.S. states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana around the Ohio city of Cincinnati.
The United States Census Bureau‘s formal name for the area is the Cincinnati–Middletown, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Therefore it is extremely significant for this area to work together on this pandemic. People moved back and forth very commonly between these three states.
Thusly, on Monday, May 18th, 2020 during Kentucky Governor Beshear briefing he stressed the importance of testing throughout the state.
He introduced efforts to implement contact tracing in the state. Subsequently these efforts will provide help to people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and the people with whom they have been in contact.
Accordingly, Beshear said, “health workers will record information of Kentuckians who have been exposed to COVID-19, conduct outreach and monitor wellness. Kentuckians will be contacted if they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive and will be given instructions on how to self quarantine and curb the spread of the virus. Everyone’s privacy and information will be protected!”
Beshear continued to say; “We will protect you and your privacy moving forward, we need you to answer the call.”
Make no mistake. Across the country we are being faced with an enormous problem and Kentucky is no different. Beshear added; “This week, Kentucky will take its next step into restarting the economy following the COVID-19 shutdown. The phased approach of reopening Kentucky is based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts, according to the Healthy at Work website. Each entity that reopens must meet certain minimum requirements in addition to industry specific guidance.”
Also, Beshear announced more testing locations, saying no matter where you live; there is a testing location near you or pretty close to you.
Reportedly very obdurately Beshear said; “If you are feeling well but we have testing sites in your area, you need to get tested. Get tested before you go back to work; get tested to make sure you don’t have it.”
Beshear said Monday that malls can reopen on May 20 as well as long as they meet retail requirements, cleaning requirements and restaurant requirements. Those guidelines can be found here. https://www.fisherphillips.com/resources-alerts-kentucky-releases-industry-specific-reopening-guidelines
Accordingly, Retail stores may resume on Wednesday May 20th, 2020. They must limit the number of customers to 33% of the maximum occupancy of the building to help maintain social distancing.
On Friday May 22nd, 2020 restaurants can open up approximately 33% indoor capacity starting. Thusly assuming all individuals can maintain 6 feet of space between each other. Also, restaurants must be able to maintain 6 feet of space between seated customers outside.
Accordingly, social gatherings of 10 or less shall be allowed. However, Beshear said, “Kentuckians should continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing as they get together. Health experts recommend groups that are vulnerable to COVID-19 avoid any in-person gatherings.”
Moreover, the travelling ban shall expire on Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Does this means plane will be flying again. This is three days earlier than planned because of the Memorial Day holiday. The current restriction requires anyone visiting from out-of-state to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Meanwhile on May 18th, 2020 Indiana State Department of Health announced 492 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Subsequently, this brings the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus to 28,255 following corrections to the previous day’s total.
Reportedly, intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remain steady. Approximately 40% of ICU beds and nearly 81% of ventilators were available as of Sunday.
Evidently the total of 1,621 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 14 over the previous day. Another 144 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients, for whom no positive test is on record, following a correction to the previous day’s total. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.
This means, to date the actual count is 183,912 tests have been reported to ISDH, which is up from 177,243 that was given on Sunday.
As reported, Marion County had the most new cases, at 107. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (38), Bartholomew (12), Clark (18), Delaware (20), Dubois (46), Elkhart (19), Hamilton (14), Howard (10), Johnson (10), Lake (43), Porter (11), Shelby (10), St. Joseph (14) and Vanderburgh (13).
Because we are being faced with such a seriously and problematic dilemma here is synopsis of the Symptoms:
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Reportedly Emergency warning signs shall include: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; Persistent pain or pressure in the chest; New confusion or inability to arouse and Bluish lips or face
Also, This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:
Included please find Resources accordingly: Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634; Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725 and Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail email@example.com. Also you may contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website