Coronavirus in Ohio: 91 confirmed and probable cases in Richland County
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MANSFIELD - Through Tuesday, there have been 91 cases of in Richland County, an increase in two cases from the day before.
That number includes four cases that the state and Richland Public Health have reported as probable, meaning those county residents had symptoms or met certain criteria without testing.
sg飞艇appThe number of Richland County residents that have required hospitalization remained unchanged since Monday, with 24. Two more people have been added to the tally of those that have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 61.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that, to offset a loss in tax revenue, $775 million in spending will be cut over the next two months to balance the state's budget before the fiscal year comes to close on June 30.
sg飞艇appThe governor said cuts will be coming to Medicaid, schools, higher education, and other areas.
sg飞艇appDeWine said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will be spared from the cuts.
Ohio's coronavirus response: $775 million in budget cuts include $300 million reduction to schools
The governor also said the state will not tap its rainy day fund of $2.7 billion just yet, saying it will likely be needed for the next fiscal year.
"I have said that it's raining," he said. "This rain is not a passing spring shower. It could be a long, cold, lingering storm. We should not use that rainy day funding until we have to."
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DeWine also hinted that an announcement on when restaurants, hair salons and barbershops may reopen in some fashion will come Thursday. A daily briefing will not take place Wednesday.
sg飞艇appAs the state ramps up testing, hoping to hit 22,000 tests per day come May 27, tests will still be prioritized for those who are hospitalized, health care workers, those older than 65, first responders, nursing home residents and those receiving medical procedures.
Ohio's hospitals and labs have averaged between 2,000 and 4,000 tests per day. The state has faced obstacles in ramping up testing, namely by a shortage of testing supplies such as reagents and swabs.
sg飞艇appNearly 160,000 tests have been administered which equates to 1.3% of the state's population. About 13% have returned positive.