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

Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency after the first three cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were confirmed in the state.

The American Red Cross says blood supplies are typically low this time of year but the organization fears that situation could get even worse. 

As cases of coronavirus spread across the Midwest, we know there are lots of questions about it -- including how to avoid getting sick. We also know there's plenty of misinformation about this new virus, so we want to help you sort fact from fiction. You can follow our complete coverage of the coronavirues and COVID-19, including more Q&As.

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Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET

After several days of circling off the coast of California, the Grand Princess cruise ship has docked at a port in Oakland.

The ship has 3,533 people on board — including at least 21 who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, out of 46 people who were in the first round of testing.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks before signing his first executive action alongside his wife Fran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.
John Minchillo / AP

The state has opened a call center for anyone who has questions about the potential spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes. The call center number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634.

Updated at 10:57 p.m. ET

These are no ordinary times for Congress.

There are fewer handshakes. Purell hand sanitizer dispensers are posted outside the Senate and House chambers. Staffers are preparing plans to work remotely if there's a sudden closure.

Welcome to a post-coronavirus world for the U.S. Capitol as it weighs developments from the spreading outbreak against its daily operations.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The Ohio State University

COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus, is spreading rapidly in the United States, with 164 cases and 19 deaths reported so far. Ohio does not have a confirmed case yet, but local hospitals are preparing for when it inevitably hits the community.

Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET

Twenty-one people aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California have tested positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19, Vice President Pence announced Friday.

The Grand Princess had been returning to San Francisco after a cruise to Hawaii and has been kept away from port while a small portion of the roughly 3,500 people on board are tested for the coronavirus.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

President Trump on Friday stopped in at the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency marshaling the response to coronavirus — a major political test for his administration.

The trip itself was almost derailed by coronavirus fears, and mixed signals about what was happening created an on-again, off-again drama that played out in front of television cameras. The chaotic impression clashed with the White House quest to show that the public health crisis is under control.

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio, but health officials are preparing for a possible outbreak in the state. Nursing homes, with large senior populations, will likely be ground zero, based on what has happened in other states.

Columbus Crew's Artur (right) and Toronto FC's Tosaint Ricketts chase a loose ball during the an MLS Eastern Conference championship soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Columbus Crew SC executives say the team will not cancel Saturday's game in Seattle, one of the country's hot spots for coronavirus. 

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The Ohio Department of Health is investigating a total of three potential cases of coronavirus, as of Thursday afternoon.

State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland) introduces the "Equal Pay Act" in the Ohio House.
Ohio House

As concerns about coronavirus grow, and cold and flu season continues, Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials are urging people to stay home if they are showing any signs of being sick. But Democratic lawmakers say staying home from work isn't an option for many Ohioans. 

Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET

As odds of a global recession rise, governments and central banks around the world are racing to fend off the economic damage from the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus testing kits are set to arrive in Ohio in a few days and should be ready to test Ohioans for coronavirus, also called COVID-19, by next week.

The current process is for hospitals to send potential coronavirus samples to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which then sends the samples to one of two out-of-state labs run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That process takes five to seven days.

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