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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.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily COVID-19 press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. Mike DeWine has closed all the state's bars and dine-in restaurants until further notice, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. Restaurants will still be allowed to stay open for carry out and delivery.

Columbus Division of Fire
WOSU

The city of Columbus confirmed Sunday afternoon that a firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine says it is "absolutely" a possibility that schools remain closed through the end of the academic year to help limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Woolston / Associated Press

Ohio's Department of Health has banned "mass gatherings" of over 100 people in Ohio, while the state suspends schools for three weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Following other organizations in looking for healthy volunteers to meet demand, Meals on Wheels says it's ordering food supplies and needs help with deliveries.

A patron browses books at the Hough Branch of Cleveland Public Library.
Justin Glanville / ideastream

Libraries in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland said they'll remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, in part so that community resources remain available to patrons.

Containing The Spread Of Coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020
Dr. Amy Acton, with Gov. Mike DeWine alongside, talks to reporters before the statewide coronavirus summit.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

With COVID-19 coronavirus cases growing nationally and locally, officials are taking steps to contain the spread.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET Thursday

The NBA suspended its season Wednesday after a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus. The team announced Thursday that after testing the entire traveling team in follow-up, a second player has tested positive.

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.

"This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva.

It's the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 "swine flu" in 2009.

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

The coronavirus outbreak has now infected more than 1,000 people in nearly 40 U.S. states — and the country's top authority on infectious diseases says things will only get worse.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns that the number of cases of the COVID-19 viral disease will continue to grow because containment measures and contact tracing have failed to prevent community spread of the virus.

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Nationwide Realty Investors

Despite a recommendation from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Columbus Blue Jackets plan to move forward with home games on Thursday and Saturday in front of fans at Nationwide Arena.

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