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State Coordinating Ohio's Hospitals In Preparation For Cases To Come

At his Thursday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine said he’s been working with Ohio’s hospitals to make sure there’s a plan in place for the wave of coronavirus victims to come.

DeWine says he talked to the CEOs of over 100 Ohio hospitals today to get them working toward a shared set of protocols across the state’s health network.

"What we want to make sure is that no matter where you are, when you get sick, what part of Ohio you are, there's a mechanism in place that there is a orderly process about where you will go," DeWine said. "And then if you continue to get worse, where you will go from there."

DeWine says having policies and procedures will eliminate confusion between different health departments and hospitals, and help officials respond more quickly to what is expected to be a significant surge in coronavirus cases.

In addition to the state department of health, there are 113 local health departments in Ohio.