COVID-19 Taskforce

On March 4, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (standing) convened a group a of health advisors from the Ohio Hospitals Association to continue preparations for the Coronavirus.

OHIO – The nationwide Coronavirus scare has led the state of Ohio to close K-12 schools and ban public gatherings of 100 people or more beginning Monday, March 16, for three weeks.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed the order banning gatherings the afternoon of March 12. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine referred to the school closure as an "extended spring break." State officials are expected to review the state of the virus in Ohio following the three-week period.

Exempt from the public gathering ban are airports, libraries, forms of transit, workplaces, grocery stores, religious gatherings, weddings and funerals. Businesses were advised to use their best judgement and "be flexible."

"We know this is disruptive, but we have to do this if we're going to slow this down," DeWine said in a press conference March 12.

The state is now reporting 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which has killed dozens of people in the United State so far and thousands worldwide.

Over March 10-12, mass cancellations flooded the news. Pro sports leagues NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL have suspended contests indefinitely and the NCAA's men's and women's basketball tournaments were also cancelled. A variety of arts, music and entertainment venues cancelled or postponed events and concert promoter Live Nation has suspended all of its tours. Many Ohio universities have also suspended in-person classes

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has suspended all tournament play. State wrestling finals, among other sports, were scheduled to begin the weekend of March 14.

As of now, Ohio's Primary Election on Tuesday, March, 17, was still scheduled to take place.

A ban on outside visitors to nursing homes is also being considered, according to the governor's office.

This is a developing story.

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