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3-week school closure begins; Election Day prep underway

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mandatory three-week closure of schools to stem the spread of the coronavirus began Monday, bars and restaurants were closed indefinitely, and the state continued preparations for Election Day Tuesday. A look at the latest developments in Ohio:
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CASES
As of Sunday, there were more than 35 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ohio and 350 people under investigation. Dr. Amy Acton, the state health director, stressed that such cases were only “the tip of the iceberg.” There have been no reported deaths in the state.
For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.
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SCHOOLS
Many children accompanied by parents, grandparents and guardians started the day Monday picking up federally funded breakfast to-go bags at designated schools. Many schools planned to provide breakfast and lunch to all children accompanied by an adult. Gov. Mike DeWine said over the weekend that school closures could continue through the end of the school year.
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ELECTIONS
Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered all county boards of elections to offer a curbside voting option Tuesday to any voter “concerned about coming inside a polling location.”
His latest order also requires the boards to accept absentee ballots from “unforseeably confined or hospitalized voters” until 3 p.m. on Election Day.
LaRose said Monday almost 3,000 people have signed up as poll workers to address a shortage as some workers dropped out. Many election boards were putting in special protocols for voting, such as including Summit County’s delivery of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and spray and towels and tissues to every polling location in the northeastern Ohio county.
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