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Governor DeWine Press Conference Summary for Thursday, December 10

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 2:00 PM.

Here’s the news from Thursday: 

Ohio's COVID-19 case data is below:

  • 489,078 confirmed cases
  • 42,772 probable cases
  • 531,850 total cases
  • 31,142 hospitalizations
  • 6,772 confirmed deaths
  • 526 probable deaths
  • 7,298 total deaths
  • 5,090 ICU admissions
  • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.

Governor DeWine released Ohio's updated Public Health Advisory System map:

  • Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark and Summit counties are at Purple Level 4.
  • Ashland and Guernsey counties were moved to the Watch List.
  • Noble, Harrison and Washington counties moved to Red Level 3 for the first time since implementation of the Advisory System in April.

Governor DeWine unveiled the new Stay Safe Ohio Protocol. The protocol was developed in partnership with medical professionals across the state to inform Ohioans how to safely live with the virus. Attached is a protocol graphic.

Governor DeWine was joined by medical professionals throughout the state to explain the importance of the protocols. (View Here)

Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Health will be extending the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew until January 2, 2021. A copy of the extended order is attached.

The Ohio Department of Health will issue a variance to the curfew for specific sporting events in Ohio. The start times of these games are dictated by national television contracts, and as a result, the games would not be finished until after the 10 p.m. curfew. More information will be available at in the coming days. 

Lt. Governor Husted encouraged Ohioans to do what they can to support local restaurants during this time, whether it’s by carrying out a meal at least once a week or by ordering delivery. He also recommended giving out restaurant gift cards as gifts for family and friends this holiday season. 

This evening, we learned that we’re one step closer to Ohioans receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Today, the U.S. FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, a panel of outside experts, voted in favor of endorsing emergency use authorization for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This recommendation is onto the next step, which is consideration by the FDA. 

First Lady Fran DeWine encouraged Ohioans to consider donating to The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which serves all 88 counties. The Ohio National Guard has assisted foodbanks throughout the state this year in distributing more than 79 million pounds of food. More information about how to donate can be found at

As part of the Administration’s efforts to continue sharing information about COVID-19, our team has created several “Coalition Communication Fact Sheets” for industries, including: agriculture, healthcare, philanthropy, higher-ed, k-12 education, faith based, business, tourism and arts, law enforcement, and local government. These documents will be updated each week and include helpful talking points, sample social media posts, resources, updated COVID data, etc. Attached is one example

Attached is a COVID-19 vaccine myth vs. fact document, as well as the slides that Governor DeWine used during the press conference. 

Ohioans filed 36,327 initial jobless claims and 271,518 continued jobless claims last week, according to statistics the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported to the U.S. Dept. of Labor today. In addition, 253,598 Ohioans received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) last week. 

Over the last 38 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $7.4 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 859,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, about 95% have been processed, with about 5% pending. In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $7.2 billion in PUA payments to more than 727,000 Ohioans. 

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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