Gov. DeWine extends spring break for K-12 students, bans gatherings of 100+

5th coronavirus case in Ohio diagnosed in Trumbull County

Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health update status of coronavirus response

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday in response to COVID-19 that children in the state will have an extended spring break of three weeks starting at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16.

All K-12 schools - public, private and charter are included.

The order does not apply to Ohio’s childcare system such as daycare centers and home-based childcare providers.

“We will continue to consult with educators on this. We have to take this action. We have to do everything we can to slow down the spread of this virus," Gov. DeWine said.

Another big announcement from the governor - mass gatherings, any event with more than 100 people in the same room or single space - have been banned.

State, local officials provide updates on COVID-19 patients, response plans

The mass gathering ban includes:

  • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas
  • Large conference rooms, meeting halls
  • Cafeterias
  • Parades, fairs, festivals

The ban does not include:

  • Normal operations at airports, buses, trains
  • Medical facilities
  • Shopping malls, centers
  • Office environments, factories
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stores
  • Religious gatherings
  • Gatherings for the purpose of exercising First Amendment
  • Voting

Governor DeWine also revealed the state has its fifth positive case of coronavirus, a 55-year-old male from Trumbull County.

He says the man has no travel history outside of Ohio.

Fifty-two people are now being tested for the illness in the state.

The number of potential cases and the results of testing are regularly updated every weekday at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

On Monday, Gov. DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio which he says is, “to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19."

The Ohio Department of Health recommends the following to help prevent the coronavirus:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Get sleep & eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean & disinfect “high-touch” surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor

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