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Ohio logs more jobless claims in 2 weeks than in all of 2019

Troy Smith delivers a package, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. The pandemic has delivered unforeseen consequences, good and bad, for business across almost every sector. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state human services agency reported more than 272,000 jobless claims for last week, and the attorney general sped up the placement of 300 new police recruits onto Ohio streets.
A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Thursday:
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ECONOMY
The state reported 272,117 jobless claims for the week ending March 28, a second straight week of record numbers. The state has received 468,414 claims in the past two weeks — over 100,000 more than for all of 2019 — while paying out $45 million to more than 108,000 claimants.
Craft store company Hobby Lobby agreed to again close its Ohio stores, Attorney General Dave Yost said in a tweet late Wednesday. Yost had sent a cease-and-desist order following reports that several stores were open in Ohio, demanding proof the stores meet the “essential business” requirements under the state’s stay-at-home order.
Messages were left with the company Wednesday and Thursday seeking comment.
In Medina in northeastern Ohio, dozens of cars lined up before dawn as 1,000 food boxes were distributed through the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, according to WEWS-TV.
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CASES
More than 2,500 Ohio cases are confirmed, with 65 deaths as of Wednesday and nearly 700 people hospitalized, officials reported. That doesn’t reflect all cases in Ohio, because the state limits testing to those who are hospitalized and to health care workers.
For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing pneumonia or death.
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THE NEW NORMAL
Yost ordered Ohio’s police officer training academy to speed up the final examinations of about 300 cadets to allow them to hit the streets faster. He’s also working with local law enforcement agencies to help allow recently retired officers to return.
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Associated Press writers John Seewer in Toledo and Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.