Clinton Co. remains at 3 confirmed cases; DeWine addresses water shut-offs, citizens’ mental health


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ohio shows: 2,199 confirmed cases of coronavirus; 198 ICU admissions; 585 hospitalizations; and 55 deaths.

Clinton County remains at three confirmed cases.

From Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily 2 p.m. briefing, DeWine and his staff said via Twitter:

“Reminder: At essential stores, it’s an obligation of the store, as well as the customers to keep the social distancing. It’s also the responsibility of the store manager to make sure the store is safe, and that it keeps separate, distinct hours for our vulnerable populations.”

In regard to the physical distancing: “We have to keep this up. Most people are doing great – it’s buying our medical community additional time to get ready. It makes a difference.”

The state also this afternoon ordered the maintaining of public water service during the state of emergency:

“This order does two things: 1. It prevents a water system from shutting off someone’s water service due to non-payment during the declared state of emergency; 2. If someone previously had their water shut off dating back to January 1st, the water system is required to reconnect. This will help us assure that as many people as possible have safe water during the state of emergency.

“For those who are eligible to get their water reinstated, they must call their water utility to request the reinstatement. The reconnection will happen without any fees. However, it doesn’t excuse people from paying the bill, you will still need to pay your bill moving forward.

“When a homeowner gets their water turned back on after a period of it being inactive, they must first flush the system. The Ohio EPA will be putting out guidance on how to do this, and we will get it up on http://coronavirus.ohio.gov.”

DeWine also addressed Ohioans’ mental health: “One thing we worry about is our citizens’ mental health during this challenging time. Mental health concerns all of us. Keeping your mental health strong is very important.”

The Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services stresses, “Checking on neighbors and friends who live alone is very important right now. Call them and talk, help decrease the isolation.

“For some of us, we are spending a lot of time with our families — maybe too much time. That can be stressful. Or, if you live alone, you may be lonely.

Tips: Wake up at the same time, shower, get dressed, have meals at normal times. Schedule leisure time too.”

Also, “If you are involved in a faith community, stay connected to your faith leaders. Connect online or on social media. You can go to http://coronavirus.ohio.gov to learn more about resources for faith communities.”

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By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com