Ohio COVID-19 News Updates

(24/7 News) -- The Ohio Department of Corrections says four more inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus. State officials says that fourteen total inmates had now tested positive with one at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, seven at the Marion Correctional Institute, and six at the Pickaway Correctional Institute. During Tuesday's press conference, Governor DeWine said he is working on a plan for early release of over 150 minimum-security inmates as a way to curb the spread of the virus. 

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All Ohioans who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are now entitled to the maximum benefit allowed. Governor DeWine has announced that those who didn't already receive the maximum SNAP payment for their household will be issued an additional payment this week. The governor added that SNAP recipients will soon be able to pick-up pre-packaged boxes of food from area food banks.

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Restaurants can now serve alcohol along with their delivery and take out orders. The Ohio Liquor Control Board has issued an emergency rule that allows eateries with valid liquor licenses two include two alcoholic drinks per order. The rule will remain in effect until the state's stay-at-home order is lifted.

>>ODNR Suspends Sale Of Hunting, Fishing Licenses To Nonresidents

(Columbus, OH) -- The sale of hunting and fishing licenses to nonresidents of Ohio has temporarily been suspended. The state Department of Natural Resources says the suspension, which went into effect midnight Tuesday, is in response to the governor' stay-at-home order. Sales are expected to resume once COVID-19 guidelines change. Officials are asking any nonresidents who possess a current license to follow ODH guidance and self-quarantine if needed. 

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