Dayton leaders react to Ohio’s first coronavirus cases

City of Dayton leaders this afternoon reacted to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that three confirmed coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases in the state.

DeWine also declared a state of emergency and opened the Emergency Operations Center.

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Shelley Dickstein, Dayton’s city manager, said the city has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in close coordination with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County officials, and with regional public health and emergency medical services personnel.

“As a precautionary measure, we (the city) have escalated our planning and preparedness efforts to ensure we can continue our daily operations in case of an outbreak which would not pose a risk to community members or our employees,” Dickstein said in a prepared statement.

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Mayor Nan Whaley said she supported the governor’s decision.

“I’m thankful Gov. DeWine has taken the step of declaring a state of emergency to make sure Ohio has the necessary resources to prepare for and respond to COVID-19,” Whaley said. “We continue to monitor this situation closely, and at the moment, people should continue to take simple precautions to stay healthy like washing your hands and avoiding touching your face.”

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