Nick McWilliams reporting – With residents pulling for more up-to-date information from health officials, Ohio is preparing to roll out more accurate numbers.

Real-time numbers have been difficult to come by, due to cases being spread across well over half the counties in the state and testing shortcomings.

However, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Wednesday that her department has pushed for improvements, and residents should see those effects soon.

“That data is actually coming to you at an earlier time. We made those final numbers [Wednesday] at around 11 a.m. We’re trying to move that reporting time sooner. Stay tuned because we’re going to be doing, through our website, more real-time data reporting. We’re also going to have more interactive graphs on our website.”

The latest totals came in Wednesday at 704 confirmed cases, 182 hospitalizations and 10 deaths. Information is available at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Governor Mike DeWine says that while he and his administration feel they are making all the right moves, state officials and experts are projecting a May 1st as the potential peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio.

Other announcements made included Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted doubling down on previous statements, that unemployment claims should continue to be funneled to www.unemployment.ohio.gov, and that businesses do not need any formal document from the state level to be deemed “essential.”

However, a thought-out explanation as to why management feels their operation is essential is advised.

Potential delays on evictions to keep residents in homes during massive layoffs, DeWine adds that the state is looking into possible avenues, but no new update is available.

Testing delays persist, even with more widely spread results flowing in by the hour.

DeWine’s next update will commence tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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