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At a time when the nation is desperate for authoritative information about the coronavirus pandemic, the country's foremost agency for fighting infectious disease outbreaks has gone conspicuously silent.

"I want to assure Americans that we have a team of public health experts," President Trump said at Tuesday evening's coronavirus task force briefing — a bit of reassurance that probably would not have been necessary if that briefing had included anyone from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service in downtown Columbus.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

While funeral homes across Ohio maintain their operations, services are getting adjusted due to the coronavirus outbreak.  

University Hospitals is approved to begin clinical trials of an antiviral drug that could possibly help treat COVID-19 patients. UH will receive the antiviral Saturday.

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We'd like to hear what you're curious about. Email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

The global spread of COVID-19 cases continues, with cases around the world and increasingly strict measures to control its spread. Authorities in the U.S. and other countries have banned or discouraged large gatherings and are urging social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The first coronavirus death has been confirmed in Ohio.

Carlos Del Rio, center, with his wife and kids.
Courtesy of Carlos Del Rio

For Carlos Del Rio, it started last week with a headache that felt like a hangover.

Paper products at Giant Eagle's Grandview Store
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Workers sanitizing the handles of shopping carts and baskets has become the new normal at the Giant Eagle in Grandview, and at supermarkets around Ohio.

The ACLU of Ohio is collecting complaints from inmates in Ohio through a new hotline and the organization is already pressing the state to play more of a role overseeing county and municipal jails through the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated March 19 at 9:25 a.m. ET

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the U.S. Census Bureau to temporarily suspend all field operations for the 2020 census for two weeks until April 1, the agency announced Wednesday in a statement on its website.

Children color at Youth & Family Day at WOSU@COSI.
A.J Zanyk

Daycare centers in Ohio continue to operate through the coronavirus pandemic, but the state’s Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is taking initial steps to create a backup plan for if those centers must close.

Updated at 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cleveland-area hospitals are ramping up coronavirus testing and area residents are responding in droves.

Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals opened a new drive-thru testing center, at the UH Landerbrook Health Center in Mayfield Heights on Tuesday. This is in addition to the original site which opened Saturday near University Circle.

Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio.
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Licking Memorial Hospital opened a new clinic for people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Bob England

The Catholic Conference of Ohio suspended all public masses in the state, effective immediately, through at least the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. It follows a series of restrictions on social gatherings imposed by Ohio officials to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Nicole Rasul / WOSU

With K-12 institutions across Ohio shuttered over the coronavirus, Columbus City Schools began offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at 14 locations across the city Monday.

A voter fills out his ballot, taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

As coronavirus-related closures swept across Ohio, early voting thundered on ahead of Tuesday's primary election. Thousands of voters came out around the state to cast ballots in person on the final weekend of early voting.

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