Ohio's new Stay At Home order takes affect at 11:59pm Monday, April 6th. Most notably is the ability of local business’s to set how many people they will allow into the store at any given time.
Branden Jackman, Public Information Officer for the Highland County Emergency Operations Center, says they spent part of Monday afternoon contacting many local businesses and have compiled the following list to detail how many people will be allowed inside the following Highland County stores:
Lowes 150- plus their associates
Rural King- 200
Community Markets- Had not supplied their number by the time of this release
Save A Lot (Hillsboro)- 70
Save A Lot (Greenfield)- 50
Rite Aid- Has not supplied a number
All Dollar General’s- No Limit
Family Dollar (Hillsboro)- 20
Family Dollar (Greenfield)- No answer
Highland County went into last weekend with four confirmed cases and came out with six. Of those, four are resting at home and two are hospitalized. Of the four at home, the command center is hopeful that one case will be fully recovered this week and released from isolation. This case will still appear on our list of county cases in the state report, even though they have recovered.
The state of Ohio seen another increase in hospitalizations and ICU bed utilization. Across the state, 1,214 people are in the hospital with 371 needing intensive care. The number of deaths have increased to 142 statewide with none locally, as of the afternoon of April 6th.
Health officials remind us that the goal has been to slow COVID-19 down to allow the healthcare system to stay caught up. The "projections" coming from OSU Medical Center show more infections than we currently have, so the social distancing and hand-washing efforts are making a difference.
Keep physical distancing and covering that cough, wear your mask and stay at home if sick.