COVID-19 Update: September Summary, Prevalence Testing, Updated Risk Levels, Worker Upskilling

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Governor DeWine today released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 11 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3): Ashland, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Putnam, Richland, and Scioto. Richland County is on the borderline of a Level 4 public emergency with severe exposure and spread.

NOTE: Ross County has returned to Orange/Level 2 and Pickaway County has been lowered to Yellow/Level 1

“We have 11 red counties, which is more than we’ve seen at any point in September,” said Governor DeWine. “Although many Ohioans are working hard to keep this virus in check, unfortunately, we are seeing a rebound in some areas of the state. This pandemic isn’t over, so please continue to stay home if you’re sick, wear a mask when you’re out, and keep at least six feet between you and those outside of your household.”

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A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.


Governor DeWine today released new data summarizing cases, hospitalizations, and deaths reported in Ohio’s 88 counties so far in September. The counties are ranked by cases per 100,000 people. 

September Summary Chart


Lt. Governor Husted announced the results of the August 2020 TechCred Application period, which set a record in approving 4,468 credentials through 288 Ohio companies. So far, a total of 983 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will yield as many as 11,941 technology-focused credentials for Ohioans. Prior to their election, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted promised to fund the completion of at least 10,000 micro-degrees per year – a commitment that has been met through this latest round.


Lt. Governor Husted also held an on-air discussion with Dr. Abby Norris Turner of Ohio State University. Dr. Norris Turner described the prevalence testing Ohio State conducted on behalf of the Ohio Department of Health in order to assess how many Ohioans have already contracted COVID-19. The study was conducted over 20 days in July 2020 and included a sample of 727 adults. The study showed that approximately .9 percent of Ohioans were likely infected with COVID-19 during the study, and approximately 1.5 percent had prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies during the study period in July. You will soon be able to access a summary of the study at and viewing the Dashboard Overview page.


Lt. Governor Husted thanked the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio for coordinating efforts between Facebook and T-Mobile that will provide Wi-Fi hotspots to libraries in Southeast Ohio. These internet-enabled devices will be available to patrons to check out in the same way they would borrow a library book or film. The effort aims to give opportunities for at-home internet usage for those who do not have reliable access to broadband. Facebook donated the devices at no charge and paid for 6 months of unlimited network usage on the T-Mobile network. T-Mobile will fund an additional 6 months of connectivity for the devices as well as help get the hotspots ready for use and provide ongoing technical support.


Lt. Governor Husted also recognized Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), Fifth-Third Bank, and JobsOhio for offering financial support so 10 companies will be able to participate in the London Stock Exchange ELITE program. ELITE will work with each of these business owners to develop clear, actionable plans around preparing for future growth, developing world-class strategy and operational functions, and accessing regional and global capital markets.

The London Stock Exchange’s ELITE Program is opening their first headquarters in the Americas in Cleveland, Ohio, which Lt. Governor Husted announced while on a business development mission to the United Kingdom in 2019.


There are 155,314 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 4,817 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 15,606 people have been hospitalized, including 3,297 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Majestic Theater Suspends Productions Through 2020

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Chillicothe’s Majestic Theater announced Thursday it would be suspending productions through the end of the year. In the news release below, the Majestic Board was facing an estimated 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. For more details, read below.

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre began the year with a schedule filled with a variety of entertainment for patrons, while working towards fundraising goals to match a State Capital Bill grant to begin the next phase of renovations. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and businesses were ordered to close, the Majestic Theatre’s plan for the year was decimated by the continued closure of performance venues. In late-August performance venues were permitted to reopen with a significant limitation to patron capacity, for the Majestic, this meant the 500+ seat theater would be allowed to open with the maximum of 75 patrons for a production. Due to the restriction, the Majestic Theatre Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend productions through the end of the year. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor conditions and may rescind the suspension if capacity increases become available.

The pandemic has caused a significant financial impact to the Majestic Theatre. Its operating budget is funded through the rental of the theatre, new addition, courtyard, and parking spaces, along with ticket and concession sales. Due to the extended closure followed by the restriction of capacity, the Majestic Theatre estimates that it will experience a 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. The funds for operations cover such things as routine monthly expenses, minor repairs, and regular upkeep of the facility.

During the pandemic, many community members have helped the much beloved, historic Majestic Theatre through donations. Most recently, the Majestic successfully completed a dollar- for-dollar donation match challenge that provided the theatre with $15,050 in funding. Beginning on October 1, 2020, a new dollar-for-dollar match challenge has been extended to the Board of Directors to match up to $5,000 in donations. This donation challenge is now active on the Majestic Theatre’s website and can also be made in-person or by mail at the theatre’s business office at 230 N. Plaza Blvd. Any contribution, large or small, are equally important to the theatre’s success. The Board of Directors are very appreciative of the generous donations that have been bestowed upon the organization. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributions made to the historic Majestic Theatre can be used towards itemized tax deductions.