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In Weighing Business Closures, DeWine Says He’s Prioritizing Safety Over Economy

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Ohio has seen its first confirmed death caused by COVID-19. Now Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering senior centers to close as he evaluates the potential shutdown of other businesses. Throughout the course of several days DeWine closed many businesses to delay the spread of coronavirus – places with large gatherings like movie theaters and places… Read More

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OhioHealth Implements Visitor Restrictions, Requests Public Help to Fight Coronavirus Spread

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth, which owns Athens’ O’Bleness and 27 other hospitals in Ohio, has implemented visitor restrictions at all of its locations as a precaution to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health system released the following visitor guidelines: Visitors must be 18 years or older Patients will be limited to one visitor at… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a news conference, as Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWIne and First Lady Fran Dewine and Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield look on. A sign language interpreter is present at these events.

Health Department Orders Elective Procedures Canceled

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio’s Department of Health will issue a public health order telling medical centers to stop all elective surgeries and other procedures, in an effort to free up staff and equipment for dealing with COVID-19 coronavirus. The state on Tuesday reported 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 counties. Of those cases,… Read More

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City of Athens, Ohio University Will Not Permit any Fest Events Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Officials in Athens have said they will not allow any “fest” events to take place this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a joint release from the City of Athens, Athens City-County Health Department, and Ohio University Monday, there is an effort to organize a “fest” event for… Read More

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Coronavirus School Closures Send Teachers, Parents Scrambling To Adjust

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School systems across the Ohio Valley are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by canceling face-to-face classes and extending spring breaks. That’s left teachers, administrators and parents scrambling to meet the unexpected challenges to care for, feed, and educate children while they are away from school. Ashley Blankenship has two school-age children in Athens, Ohio. One… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland, on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, watches.

Coronavirus in Ohio: Officials Confirm First Three Cases Of COVID-19

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Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after the first three cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were identified in the state. DeWine announced that three Ohioans tested positive for the virus, but the state won’t release information on who the patients are until they’re notified. All three patients are from Cuyahoga… Read More

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WATCH: How the IMF is Trying to Reduce the Economic Fallout of Novel Coronavirus

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Restrictions intended to control the global outbreak of novel coronavirus continue to increase. In many countries, schools are closed, travelers face quarantine and business has ground to a halt. PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, about how it is attempting to offset… Read More