This page provides collected updates from area media, as well as area and state health organizations, concerning the COVID-19 or Coronavirus that is impacting not only public health, but business and commerce as well. This page will be updated on a regular basis until such time as the spread has been arrested and is not representing a possible impact to north central Ohio.

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Daily Update Page

With notices and information changing on almost an hourly basis concerning cancellations, changes, protocol adoptions, and notices concerning the impact of the arrival of COVID-19 in Ohio and Richland County, we have decided to move to a daily update page format. The first of these will appear about 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17, and will be posted each night thereafter unless stated otherwise. We will keep the general resource listings below regularly updated.

Cancellations and Changes

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Media Posts

Sunday, March 15

Gov. DeWine: Ohio schools could remain closed for remainder of the year

Gov. DeWine also stated in the interview that as many as 100,000 people in Ohio could be infected with the coronavirus.

Friday, March 13

Thursday, March 12

Ohio closes schools, limits size of gatherings to slow spread of coronavirus

A man in Trumbull County tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized. The state also issued new orders on large gatherings today, prompting many groups to cancel events. With the closure of K-12 schools and the banning of gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio is quickly grinding to a halt as the coronavirus spreads throughout the state.

Wednesday, March 11

DeWine says Ohio will take more aggressive action after first case of community spread coronavirus

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state of Ohio will be more aggressive after a fourth case of the coronavirus was announced as community spread. “Community spread is a game-changer. You’re going to see us taking more aggressive actions now,” DeWine said. “Please know that we’re doing this to protect Ohioans and protect our healthcare system.”

Monday, March 9

3 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio; DeWine declares State of Emergency

Three cases of COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed All from Cuyahoga County and are in their 50s Gov. DeWine declared a State of Emergency Eight others under investigation for possible exposure to the virus — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Governor Mike DeWine has declared a State of Emergency after three people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sunday, March 8

Saturday, March 7

DeWine, health officials announce Ohio’s testing protocol for COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor Mike DeWine has announced the Ohio Department of Health can now test for COVID-19 in its labs. The governor made the announcement Saturday along with state health officials. Gov. DeWine said the test results would come back within eight to 24 hours.

Thursday, March 5

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Tuesday, March 3

Social Media Posts

A message from the editor on coronavirus coverage

CLOSE All the News Journal’s online COVID-19 news is now free to all readers David Yonke (Photo: Submitted) We are in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us, from our hometown to distant shores, in virtually every aspect of life.