Nick McWilliams reporting – Ohio is hoping to connect displaced workers with new career paths, while also working to open visitation in state nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

The Ohio to Work initiative will be launched in Cuyahoga County, with plans to expand throughout the state in the coming months.

Governor Mike DeWine says that although the vast majority of Ohio is back to work, residents are still searching for work, and can take a chance on new opportunities that are present.

“This new program brings together employers, educators, [and] non-profits, training providers to help Ohioans reskill and restart their careers. Ohio to Work will help someone who is out of work to identify a new career opportunity, train for it, and then be placed with an employer.”

As of September 13th, approximately 156,000 jobs are open in the state on Ohio Means Jobs.

As for senior care facilities, Director of the Department of Aging Ursel McElroy says that testing in ongoing with staff every other week, with the same testing schedule conducted on all workers and residents.

The goal, at least on the surface, is to open up indoor visitation in all settings in the next few weeks, with weather soon turning colder.

“We certainly know the weather is not on our side but we recognize how important it is to have connections and having those relationships remain. It is not our plan to do anything to disrupt those connections. In fact, we’re working really hard to be able to bolster those connections.”

In terms of cases, Ohio has 132,118 confirmed instances of COVID-19, with an estimated 117,000 recovered. Deaths bumped up to 4,207 confirmed Tuesday, with 299 probable.

Tuscarawas County is reporting 29 active cases, one of which is in the hospital, with 854 recovered and 19 deaths.

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