Gov. Mike DeWine along with state and local health officials, outlined the state’s preparation for the possible spread of the coronavirus on Thursday at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center.
DeWine outlined several steps that the state will take to help prevent the spread of both coronavirus and infuenza.
- He ordered the Ohio Department of Transportation to post information from the Ohio Department of Health in all state rest areas about proper hand-washing protocols. This includes messages on Ohio Travel TV.
- The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Youth Services will increase the frequency and use of disinfectant measures in its facilities to protect inmates, families, and staff.
- DeWine is urging all state colleges and universities to have their students, faculty members, and employees immediately receive a flu shot if they have not already.
- DeWine is asking colleges and universities to prohibit college-related travel to nations where the CDC is advising no travel (China and South Korea).
- He is also calling on the Ohio Department of Aging to identify ‘the most vulnerable adults in our communities.’ DeWine is also asking local aging advocates across Ohio to go out into their communities to check on nursing care facilities to ensure that all illness prevention methods are in place.
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