social distancing

color photo of man looking at artwork inside Brandt-Roberts Galleries
publicity photo / Courtesy of Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Even when Michelle Brandt was battling Stage IV colon cancer in 2018, her contemporary art gallery, the Short North’s Brandt-Roberts Galleries, stayed open. But in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mandated closure of non-essential businesses, Brandt’s gallery has now been closed for three weeks – and no one can say when it will reopen.

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton explains a coronavirus model.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state is seeing a steady increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and a steeper rise in the number of deaths. However, medical researchers are putting out models showing the potential peak of coronavirus is getting lower.

A sign outside a Kroger grocery store encourages shoppers to maintain social distancing while in the store.
Kroger

Kroger and Giant Eagle have joined other stores in following Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to limit the number of customers shopping in retail stores at a given time to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Geauga County Health District has received numerous complaints that some Amish residents in the area are not practicing social distancing, which is needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Tom Quade said some residents have expressed concerns that those in the Amish community are still holding church services, going to school and riding in packed vans, known informally as 'Amish taxis' that transport them to grocery stores or their place of work.

"(The Amish are) not all the way there yet, certainly, but they are making progress," Quade said.

Updated 8:13 p.m. ET

President Trump said on Sunday that federal guidelines urging Americans to social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place for another month and could last until June.

Under the recommendations, the Trump administration is imploring people to avoid restaurants, bars and other situations involving more than 10 people and restrict traveling to trips deemed essential.

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

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio increased by 50% as the state unveiled an upgraded dashboard with more details on the spread of the coronavirus. The Ohio Department of Health announced Thursday that 15 people have died, five more from the day before.

The interior of St. Patrick's Catholic Church while it was open for limited silent prayer earlier this week. Friday, Bishop Robert Brennan announced all parishes should close their doors effective immediately.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A priest dressed in purple Lenten robes stands behind an altar and recites the opening prayer of the Catholic mass. “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” begins Father Daniel Dury. 

A lone cameraman responds, “Amen.”

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