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Coronavirus In Ohio: Employees Encouraged To Speak Out On Unsafe Work Conditions

Lt. Gov.-elect Jon Husted speaks with Gov.-elect Mike DeWine looking on.
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now in effect and many non-essential businesses are closed. However, there are still a number of businesses that remain open, which could raise concerns for workers. 

State officials say there are measures in place to empower employees.

Gov. Mike DeWine says employees of businesses designated as essential can insist their companies maintain a clean and safe workplace that still creates social distancing.

"If they are not getting that satisfaction and think that these rules are being violated to their detriment, their health detriment, they have every right to contact us about that," DeWine says.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says, if those employers are not complying with the workplace requirements laid out in the stay-at-home order, then employees can report them to their local health department.

"And believe me if that happens the local health department is gonna come out and hold you accountable, they're going to investigate these kinds of things," Husted says.

The DeWine administration has also stressed to employers to allow their employees to work from home if they can.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.