Governor Mike DeWine
Governor Mike DeWine

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed House Bill 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill:

- Waives state testing requirements for school children this year.

- Extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed.

- Allows local governments to hold public meetings remotely and with transparency.

- Extends the income tax deadline to July 15, 2020.

- Extends absentee voting by mail until April 28, 2020.

- Provides funding for small businesses, such as daycares and services for the disabled.


Governor DeWine announced that Ohio is launching a website to encourage Ohioans to continue to support local retailers and restaurants by shopping online, choosing local, ordering carryout from restaurants, and taking virtual tours of well-known attractions around the state.

There are currently more than 250 local restaurants, shops, and virtual activities being featured online. To find a local shop or restaurant to support, or to have your business featured, go to


There are 1,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 19 deaths. A total of 276 people have been hospitalized, including 107 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

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 or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.