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Governor orders all Ohio bars, restaurants to close

All bars and restaurants in Ohio will be closed as of 9 p.m. Sunday until further notice, said Gov. Mike DeWine, who is taking a tough stance on trying to stem the coronavirus saying “if we don’t take these actions now, it’ll be too late.”

Posted: Mar 15, 2020 6:57 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All bars and restaurants in Ohio will be closed as of 9 p.m. Sunday until further notice, said Gov. Mike DeWine, who is taking a tough stance on trying to stem the coronavirus saying “if we don’t take these actions now, it’ll be too late.”

DeWine said what he called “very drastic action” was prompted by concerns from around the state about crowded bars. He said takeout and delivery would still be allowed.

DeWine said he understood the impact on small businesses and steps would be taken to mitigate the suffering.

“What we’ve done this week is drastic action, but we’re taking these steps to save lives,” DeWine tweeted.

The governor said earlier in the day that it was possible that Ohio schools may be closed for the rest of the academic year.

The city of Columbus announced Sunday that a firefighter/emergency medical technician had tested positive for COVID-19.

The firefighter has been isolated at home and 31 firefighters who had contact with the individual are being evaluated.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium joined the list of organizations announcing temporary closures.

A look at the latest developments in Ohio:

DeWINE GETTING TOUGH

DeWine said he doesn’t know when bars and restaurants will reopen.

“How long this order will be in effect, we don’t frankly know,” DeWine told reporters Sunday afternoon. “It will be in effect as long as it needs to.”

DeWine said he understood the “brutally tough” impact on small businesses and steps would be taken to mitigate the suffering.

“Delay means more people will die,” he said. ”Literally every day we delay, the data clearly shows that more people will die.” More than that, he said, the Ohio health care system “will not hold up” for others with urgent needs, such as those with strokes or heart attacks.

“People will die if we do not do not make these decisions,” he said.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said an executive order would be signed to enable workers who do not have paid leave benefits to access unemployment compensation during the emergency.

Other steps would help bar and restaurant owners return liquor purchased for holiday or sporting events and to allow businesses and nonprofits help through disaster loans, he said.

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS

DeWine says it’s possible Ohio schools may be closed for the rest of the academic year.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Nation” Sunday morning, DeWine cited projections that the virus may not peak until the latter part of April or May.

DeWine on Thursday ordered every school in Ohio to close for three weeks beginning at day’s end Monday.

He and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton acknowledged the hardships and disruptions that the order will create but said it’s necessary to help Ohio through the crisis.

The governor’s comments came a day after Ohio’s reported cases of the coronavirus doubled to 26. In Franklin County, local officials reported two more cases Sunday.

Acton issued an order banning gatherings of over 100 people. The ban is not absolute and exempts airports, workplaces, restaurants, religious gatherings, weddings and funerals and other events.

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CASES

As of Sunday, there were 36 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio and 350 people under investigation, Äcton said, but she emphasized that such cases were only “the tip of the iceberg.” There have been no reported deaths in the state.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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ZOO CLOSURES

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium joined the list of organizations announcing temporary closures amid the outbreak.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium officials announced a temporary closure as of Monday, while noting that there have been no known cases of exposure to the virus there.

Cleveland Metroparks said the zoo will close beginning Monday until at least March 31.

Cleveland Metroparks indoor public facilities will also be closed and all events and programs are canceled.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 108646

Reported Deaths: 3478
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20341757
Lake10013312
Elkhart6198106
St. Joseph586796
Allen5785198
Hamilton4600109
Vanderburgh318126
Hendricks2607120
Monroe224336
Johnson2241122
Tippecanoe211313
Clark205056
Porter197843
Cass19209
Delaware180159
Vigo169621
Madison153075
LaPorte134837
Floyd127961
Howard125163
Kosciusko116717
Bartholomew113257
Warrick104134
Marshall97423
Boone93846
Dubois92118
Hancock89242
Noble86432
Grant85132
Henry73424
Jackson7259
Wayne72214
Morgan68038
Shelby65529
LaGrange62811
Daviess61627
Dearborn61428
Clinton59111
Harrison54824
Putnam5098
Lawrence49928
Montgomery49421
White47114
Knox4659
Decatur44739
Gibson4344
DeKalb42511
Miami4202
Greene40935
Fayette40413
Jasper3732
Scott34410
Steuben3447
Sullivan32612
Jennings30512
Franklin29225
Posey2900
Clay2855
Orange27924
Ripley2768
Carroll26713
Wabash2547
Washington2491
Whitley2456
Wells2422
Starke2387
Jefferson2363
Adams2303
Fulton2292
Tipton21522
Huntington2073
Randolph2047
Perry20014
Spencer1984
Jay1640
Newton16411
Owen1621
Martin1560
Rush1484
Pike1331
Vermillion1210
Fountain1152
Pulaski1121
Blackford1072
Crawford980
Brown933
Parke902
Benton880
Union760
Ohio757
Switzerland660
Warren381
Unassigned0225

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 141585

Reported Deaths: 4580
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin25445600
Cuyahoga16907638
Hamilton12559307
Montgomery7334148
Lucas7017356
Butler548798
Summit5020246
Marion304947
Mahoning2968279
Warren285648
Stark2673168
Pickaway261944
Lorain222786
Delaware206920
Fairfield197650
Columbiana190778
Trumbull1837131
Licking182461
Clark169337
Wood162271
Clermont157919
Lake154849
Medina140538
Allen133767
Miami131249
Greene128826
Portage104566
Mercer102017
Tuscarawas90719
Wayne89266
Erie87144
Ross84322
Richland76918
Madison76412
Darke74539
Belmont70427
Geauga69747
Hancock6419
Ashtabula63748
Athens5692
Lawrence56918
Sandusky55020
Auglaize5479
Shelby5428
Huron5207
Putnam50919
Ottawa46430
Union4622
Scioto4496
Seneca41814
Preble41113
Holmes3687
Muskingum3622
Jefferson3174
Logan2893
Henry28512
Champaign2833
Perry2839
Knox27615
Clinton27513
Brown2712
Defiance26910
Morrow2482
Hardin24613
Washington24223
Coshocton23111
Fayette2236
Fulton2221
Highland2163
Jackson2162
Ashland2124
Crawford2086
Wyandot20012
Williams1883
Gallia17910
Meigs1679
Hocking1589
Guernsey1547
Carroll1487
Pike1410
Adams1174
Van Wert1113
Monroe10618
Paulding960
Harrison601
Morgan460
Vinton453
Noble240
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