Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he may close schools for rest of the year

Eating and drinking banned at all restaurants and bars in Ohio; carry-out and delivery still an option for businesses that serve food
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state's...
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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak | AP)
Updated: Mar. 15, 2020 at 4:29 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said state officials are mulling over whether to close schools for the rest of the year in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

During his Sunday press conference to the state, DeWine said eating and drinking at all restaurants and bars will cease by 9 p.m. tonight. However, businesses that serve food will be able to provide carry out and delivery orders for customers.

“People will die if we do not make these hard decisions,” the governor said Sunday.

Additionally, Ohio will extend unemployment access to those who are in quarantine, and those who are unable to work due to the state’s evolving COVID-19 measures.

Watch the complete press conference here:

COVID-19 update: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine addresses public on the latest coronavirus outbreak details. Coverage: https://bit.ly/3aUwmVR

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Sunday, March 15, 2020

As it stands, DeWine has banned mass gatherings that exceed 100 people, and has canceled class in all Ohio schools for at least the next three weeks.

Thirty-seven cases have been confirmed in Ohio, and 361 people are currently being tested.

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