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Fourth Ohio COVID-19 Case Triggers Closures And Cancellations

Ohio Public Radio

State health officials say the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, had no contact with others and didn't travel overseas. This signals the start of community spread in Ohio, leading Governor Mike DeWine to issue more public health orders. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

DeWine says the orders are in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus to give the health care system more time to deal with sick people as they come in.


"Look I understand how hard this is because we see no changes out there. But the world has changed for Ohioans."


Nursing homes are ordered to only allow one visitor per resident per day and staff must take the temperature of anyone who enters the facility.


He says his office is crafting a public health order to bar spectators at large sporting events, such as NHL and NBA games.


The NCAA decided, after DeWine's announcement, that it would only allow family members at the March Madness Tournament games. This is a national decision, but also affects the games set in Dayton and Cleveland.


Wednesday evening the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they will also observe the order.  Beginning with Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh, games will be closed to the public until the order is lifted.

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