In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton signed an order today requiring all schools statewide to stay shuttered until at least May 1. This order lengthens the original estimated date of April 1…this Wednesday…that schools could resume classes

Gov. DeWine said on Mar 30th during his daily coronavirus press briefing that the 2019-20 academic year could be extended into June and possibly July to compensate for missed time in school classrooms. However, he said he has received feedback from several superintendents around the state who “aren’t sold on that idea,” particularly since learning is being continued remotely in all districts.

Dr. Amy Acton, head of the Ohio Department of Health, reports 70 of the 88 counties in the state have confirmed cases of Covid-19. Over 27 thousand people have been tested, with a turnaround time for those results being 8 hours. She lowered the expected peak for the disease from mid May to mid to late April. She didn’t mention if that means a reduction in the number of anticipated daily cases that at one time was around 10 thousand.

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