COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced all childcare facilities in the state must close before midnight tonight unless they have already obtained a temporary pandemic childcare license from the state.
There are 62 such childcare facilities in the Mahoning Valley, according to the state's full list, which can be found at jfs.ohio.gov/CDC.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said childcare workers would be eligible for unemployment and those that are small businesses would be eligible for federal disaster relief.
Though the state is no longer releasing unemployment figures following a federal request for only weekly updates, Husted said more than 400,000 people visited unemployment.ohio.gov seeking benefits. The surge in activity is still leading to long wait times for online and phone service, despite officials' work to boost its availability.
The state on Wednesday reported 704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state in 55 counties. Ten people have died. Of those cases, 116 are Ohio healthcare workers.
Though virus testing remains limited in the state, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said more than 14,000 people have been tested in the state thus far.