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With Ohioans ordered to hunker down at home for four weeks to come in the fight to reduce the toll of coronavirus, another 410 daily cases and 10 deaths were reported Friday (Source: “Coronavirus in Ohio: Cases rise another 14% with 10 more deaths reported,” Columbus Dispatch, April 3, 2020).

State figures now show a total of 3,312 cases of the infectious respiratory disease since March 9, ranging from an infant to a 101-year-old, with deaths rising to a total of 91.

Gov. Mike DeWine tried to buy even more time for medical preparations by issuing the expanded order Thursday, saying social distancing remains the key to undermining the peak of coronavirus cases envisioned later this month. The pair of orders have closed non-essential businesses and activities and restricted Ohioans without vital jobs to only getting out of the house to buy food, medicine, receive medical care and perhaps take a walk.

The early and aggressive actions of DeWine and his experts to check the pandemic are reflected in analysis by the New York Times. Ohio -- the seventh-largest state with 11.7 million residents -- ranks 32nd in the U.S. in the number of coronavirus cases per capita (24.9 per 100,000 population) through Thursday. The state’s virus deaths (0.7 per 100,000) are tied for 23rd in the nation.

Ohio Department of Transportation traffic counts, when compared to the same time last year, show Ohioans are staying off the roads in honoring the stay-at-home order. Statewide, traffic was down 54% on Sunday and 45% on Tuesday, the latest day available.

HPIO is collecting the latest research on its COVID-19 resource page so that Ohio policymakers and other stakeholders can make informed decisions on the rapidly evolving pandemic. The Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage is frequently updated with the latest data and information.