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Governor DeWine Press Conference Summary for Friday, May 1

Below are the updates from Friday’s press conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton. There were no press conference scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.  

Here’s the news from Friday: 

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
    • 17,962 confirmed cases
    • 781 probable cases  
    • 18,743 total cases
    • 3,634 hospitalizations
    • 922 confirmed deaths
    • 80 probable deaths
    • 1,002 total deaths
    • 1,056 ICU admissions
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 
  • Governor DeWine announced the members of two separate advisory groups for recommendations and best practices when reopening dine-in restaurants, and personal service locations (hair salons, barbershops, etc.) throughout the state.  A list of individuals serving on the restaurant advisory group can be found HERE. A list of individuals serving on the personal services advisory group can be found HERE. 
  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email 

As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.

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