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COVID-19's Effect on Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan

Ohio Issues "Stay at Home" Order

Source: The Office of Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health, March 22, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order.

The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified. 

"We haven't faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years - we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren't doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives," said Governor DeWine. "Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence."

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Kentucky Governor Orders Closure of All Non-Life-Sustaining In-Person Retail Businesses

Source: Laurel Cornell, Fisher Phillips, March 23, 2020

As part of the Commonwealth’s continued efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-246 on Sunday, March 22, requiring the closure of all “in-person retail businesses that are not life-sustaining” by 8:00 p.m. on Monday March 23.

Businesses That Can Remain Open

The Executive Order identifies the following as life-sustaining businesses that can remain open:

  • Grocery stores, specialty food stores, food markets, and liquor stores
  • Pharmacies and drug stores
  • Automotive parts, repairs, accessories, and tire stores, as well as auto, truck and van rental establishments
  • Gas stations and convenience stores
  • Banks, credit unions, check cashing, and other financial services
  • Hardware stores
  • Building material, garden equipment, and supplies dealers
  • General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters
  • Pet and pet supply stores

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Michigan's Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 

Source: The Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, March 23, 2020

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.” 

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work. 

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page. 

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