Governor DeWine: State Plans Hiring Freeze/3 More Coronavirus Deaths

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Governor Mike DeWine Monday held his daily coronavirus update at the Statehouse in Columbus. He announced an immediate hiring freeze in state government, the only exception will be for those fighting the coronavirus in Ohio. The Governor also ordered agencies to not award any new contracts. He also told his cabinet members to look for cuts of up to 20 percent. Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton encouraged primary care doctors to use telemedicine to get information to people who might have coronavirus. Acton says the more doctors can do without face to face is better. State officials are reporting three more deaths, including two in Franklin County. There are more than 91 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, which is a 26 percent jump from Sunday’s number. The State of Ohio has 442 confirmed cases and a total of six deaths. The number of counties with positive coronavirus test results increased from 40 to 46 in over half of the state’s 88 counties. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Muskingum County. There are confirmed case in Licking, Coshocton, Belmont and Tuscarawas Counites.

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