As Ohio's outlook for the coronavirus (COVID-19) improves, the next question is when will the state be able to return to its daily life?
And while Governor Mike DeWine said that it's too soon for the state to deviate from its stay-at-home order and physical distancing measures, he did reveal that Ohio is working on a "fairly sophisticated plan" for a return from the pandemic.
While DeWine said that details on the plan won't be made public until next week, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said on Wednesday that although the state "won't be running back to mass gatherings any day soon," the state's gradual return to normalcy will likely begin in the business sector.
Added Acton on Thursday: "We are working just as vigorously on the recovery from this. We have been determined to protect Ohioans from the very beginning. The steps we've taken and you are continuing to take are saving lives. We have to be re-determined on responsibly recovering."
As of Thursday, Ohio has had 5,512 confirmed coronavirus cases, 1,612 of which have resulted in hospitalization, 497 ICU admissions and 213 deaths. Dating back to the discovery of the state's first positive coronavirus case on March 9, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has taken several measures to encourage physical distancing, including a stay-at-home order that is currently in place until at least May 1.