Increasing testing capabilities for coronavirus in Ohio means new testing guidelines.
May is expected to be a big month for coronavirus testing. And while this testing is increasing, it does not mean it is unlimited.
The new testing guidance prioritizes those with symptoms who are hospitalized, plus healthcare workers and lays out who qualified for priority 1, 2, and 3, testing.
Eventually, the state said it will be able to test those with mild symptoms and those who are asymptomatic.
Monday was also the day many services resumed as Ohio re-opens gradually. Curbside pickup and appointments are being offered for retail services and on May 12, they will be able to fully re-open.
While businesses start to reopen, Gov. DeWine said that social distancing, masks, and washing your hands remain important.
“Go out,” he said. “Enjoy these retail businesses in a week. Restaurants will be coming on not too long after that. A lot of things are happening as we are opening up Ohio but, again, this is really, really up to you and we just need to keep monitoring the numbers and see where we are going.
“They can do curbside pick-up now they can do by appointment and allow up to 10 people in the store,” said Nicole Balakos, head of the Jefferson County Health District. “If someone wanted to go to a jeweler a specialty retail store they can actually do that by calling and making an appointment”
Further announcements about when restaurants will be opening are expected in coming days.