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The N95 mask.

COLUMBUS -- Ohio is facing an incoming oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment,  such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.

That was the message Thursday during the daily press briefing from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and state medical director, Dr. Amy Acton.

Taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

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-- 36 pairs of gloves

-- 14 gowns

-- 3 pairs of goggles

-- 13 N-95 face masks.

The state is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email together@governor.ohio.gov.

The staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.


An expanded COVID-19 data dashboard has been designed by the InnovateOhio Platform and is now available online.

The dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence.

There are 867 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 15 deaths. A total of 223 people have been hospitalized, including 91 admissions to intensive care units.

In-depth data on the new dashboard can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.