Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio. Governor DeWine continued to stress the importance of masks, social distancing, and proper hygiene as Ohio's school students approach the start of the upcoming school year. "I have every confidence that Ohio's schools will do everything they can to keep children safe."
Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other state initiatives. On Monday, Governor DeWine announced the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors. Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans.
At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Councilman Frank Loucka announced the Port Authority has been working on a proposed project since 2012 and this year it has finally come to fruition. The project is the ADA Addition and Improvement of the restroom at the South Street Launch Ramp. Loucka said it will cost around $32,000, and monies will come from Duck Dash donations.
At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Finance Director Amy Hendricks addressed the monthly revisions to the appropriations. “Those changes and allocations are of a routine nature,” stated Hendricks. “There is an additional transfer into Fund 703, which is the health insurance fund. This represents the final closeout from the self-funded insurance plan. The city was waiting for a disbursement of funds from a joint account that had been held with BAC.”
Erie County metropolitan planning officials and Vermilion Mayor Forthofer recently announced funding has been secured for work on Sunnyside Road and Vermilion Road. “Much needed work will be done on two Vermilion arterial roads through the good work of Vermilion Service Director Tony Valerius and the Erie County Metropolitan Planning organization,” stated Mayor Forthofer. “Work on Phase 3 of Vermilion Road is planned for '24. Sunnyside road in '25.”
In a second test administered in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative for COVID-19. A PCR test was administered to the Governor and members of his staff this afternoon. The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 -- in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is known to be extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus.
At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Mayor Forthofer asked Vermilion City Council to pass a motion in support of the City Administration's intent to file as part of a class action lawsuit. The Administration is asking for damages against Purdue Pharma. “I believe that the residents in City of Vermilion have suffered a heartbreaking cost, both directly and indirectly."
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on the status of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MASKS IN SCHOOLS: Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school.
ompletion of Vermilion Road. “The road was scheduled to be done last Friday, July 31,” stated the mayor. “However, Service Director Valerius and City Engineer Howard were informed that a last amount of asphalt did not meet specifications. A supplier suggested ‘let it go’ as it was already installed and see how the surface worked out. The completion date would have been met."
At the Vermilion Port Authority Meeting on July 23, 2020, Dave Miklos stated there is no conceivable way they can pull Duck Dash off with the new orders that have come down from the state and from the city, so they decided to table this event until next year. Mayor Forthofer advised the board that the Health Department has advised him they are 86% capacity at Firelands Hospital and it’s all outside events that are causing it.
Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as state initiatives. On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the approval of assistance for 15 projects set to create 1,653 new jobs and retain 1,676 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals.
"The good news is that more people are wearing masks in our urban counties and we are seeing the spread slow because of that," said Governor DeWine. "The bad news is that Ohio's more rural counties are turning orange with significantly more spread taking place. I will again urge those who live in rural counties to wear masks while in public."