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There are still no cases of the novel coronavirus in Greater Cincinnati, according to public health officials, but the virus continues to spread and cancellations continue to roll in.
The U.S. death toll was at 38 early Thursday, with more than 1,310 confirmed cases, and all but six states have infections. Arkansas, Mississippi and Wyoming were among the states to report their first incidences.
There are at least eight COVID-19 cases confirmed in Kentucky and five in Ohio, according to the governors of both states and media reports.
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St. Patrick’s Day parade canceled, Opening Day parade postponed
Cincinnati’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will not be going on as planned.
Schools prepare for potential closures, Boone Co. starts in-home classes Monday
All Ohio public and private K-12 schools are on spring break for three weeks, beginning Monday, March 16 and ending April 3.
Boone County Schools Superintendent Randy Poe said the district was implementing its emergency preparedness plan from March 16 through April 20, meaning students will not attend in-person classes.
Poe said in-person classes will resume earlier if the state of emergency is lifted before April 20. All students are required to be at school on Thursday, March 12, to receive instructions from their teachers and principals.
Northwestern Local School District will be closed through Wednesday to prepare for a longer closing.
FC Cincinnati home opener is off, MLS suspends season
Major League Soccer’s 2020 has suspended the beginning of its season due to novel coronavirus.
Locally, FC Cincinnati was training as of 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
The club had originally indicated it would make a decision regarding Saturday’s home opener at Nippert Stadium after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued further instructions to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
“We received the official statement of the league that they (suspend) the league matches for 30 days, and of course we respect (it). We have to respect the decision,” General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. “Public health is the most important thing for all of us.”
All Ohio high school postseason tournaments suspended indefinitely
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has suspended all of its postseason tournaments indefinitely due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The OHSAA tweeted out the ruling Thursday afternoon.
KHSAA pus ‘extreme limit’ on fans
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Thursday announced a plan for “an extreme limit” to fans attending the boys and girls basketball state tournaments.
Starting during Friday’s quarterfinals of the girls Sweet 16, the general public will not be allowed to attend either state tournament. The Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 is set for March 18-22.
Each player participating will be allowed to have four family members present, and a limited number of school administrators will be allowed to attend. Fans will be assigned seats in an attempt to create social distancing and limit interaction. Media will be allowed to cover the event.
NBA and NHL suspend seasons and MLB could be next, according to reports
The NBA announced Wednesday night it is suspending its season after a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The league said it is halting operations “following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The NHL has followed the NBA’s lead by suspending games across the league indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. No timetable has been set for when the contests may resume.
There are reports that the MLB will be suspending operations and Spring Training games, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network contributor Joel Sherman reported via Twitter.
President Donald Trump suspends European travel
President Donald Trump announced a travel suspension from Europe for the next 30 days to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Department of Homeland Security said the order suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security will issue a notice in the next 48 hours “requiring U.S. passengers that have been” traveling in parts of Europe to “travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures,” said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. No word yet which airports are included or what those screening procedures might be.
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus in Australia
Tom Hanks confirmed on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday that he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia after feeling ill.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
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