Coronavirus Pandemic: 26 Ohioans test positive for virus, U.S. to ban travel to U.K. Monday

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The coronavirus is changing the way some community events are being held

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

26 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ohio with another 264 people awaiting test results, according to the Ohio Department of Public Health.

  • Butler County: 4 cases
  • Belmont County: 2 cases
  • Cuyahoga County: 11 cases
  • Franklin County: 1 case
  • Lorain County: 1 case
  • Stark County: 3 cases
  • Summit County: 2 case
  • Trumbull County: 2 cases

The ages of the infected people range from 31-years-old to 86-years-old.  There are 12 women infected and 14 men. There have been seven hospitalizations and no deaths.

>> Coronavirus: What you need to know to prevent illness

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health Director, said it can be assumed that at least 100,000 people in the state have coronavirus.

Here’s what you need to know today:

  • Coronavirus Questions? Call Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County Hotline 937-225-6217. Ohio Department of Health Hotline 833-4-ASK-ODH.
  • Greene County declared a public health emergency during an emergency meeting Saturday.
  • An employee of a key partner organization of Cincinnati Children's tested positive for coronavirus, according to Cincinnati Children's.
  • On Friday, the Pentagon announced  ban on domestic travel for military members, including Permanent Change of Station and Temporary Duty.
  • On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. This will open up access to approximately $50 billion in funding.
  • A new bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would provide paid sick and family medical leave for those who need it, including: those infected with the virus, caregivers and family members needing to take care of children who are out of school.
  • The U.S. will suspend all travel to the U.K. and Ireland effective Monday. President also considering some domestic travel restrictions.
  • President Trump took a coronavirus test and the result was negative.
  • Majority of U.S. cruise lines have suspended cruises for 30 days.
  • Two local casinos are closed until further notice after Gov. DeWine limited gatherings of 100 or more people.
  • Elections will go on as scheduled in Ohio on Tuesday. This is not included in the ban on mass gatherings.
  • Kroger announced hour changes for its stores beginning Monday to allow for a focus on replenishment and cleaning.  Kroger stores in Dayton area will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.
  • K-12 schools will be on an extended spring break from at least Monday, March 16 until April 3.
  • DeWine is not asking daycares to close, but said this could occur in the future. Parents should be planning for alternatives, and if parents are able, should remove their children from daycare.
  • Mental health challenges are expected to go up, DeWine said.  "We need to take care of each other...we are in this for the long run, this isn't going to end overnight," DeWine said.
  • No visitors to nursing homes; with the exception of end-of-life circumstances and clergy.
  • Jails and corrections facilities: No visitors and ask that each jail have other protocols in place to ensure people entering are not sick
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has filed emergency rules to expand tele-help rules for those suffering from substance abuse or addiction.
  • Pay attention to signs of stress and anxiety and reach out for professional help when needed:
    • Worrying a lot
    • Eating too little or too much
    • Feeling Edgy
    • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • How to help:
    • Donate blood
    • Donate to food banks
    • Help your neighbors
    • Assist in delivering meals to elderly neighbors
  • DeWine has asked Ohio dentists and veterinarians to postpone elective surgeries in order to ensure protective equipment is preserved.