Updates: COVID-19 in Ohio

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Ohio governor orders school closures, CPS complies

Information correct as of March 12, 2020

Renata Altuzar

As of Thursday, five people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of Ohio. Since then, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has called for a State of Emergency and canceled all schools. 

All schools, including public, private and charter, have been suspended by the Ohio governor, in an address on Thursday night. The closing of the schools will impact 1.6 million students, as well as administrative staff, teachers, lunch staff and janitors.  

Schools all over the state of Ohio, including WHHS, have closed for a span of three weeks, starting on March 16 and ending on April 3. This is to aid in the prevention of the spread of the virus. 

Ohio is one of five states that have closed schools statewide, with the four other states being Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and New Mexico.

 

COVID-19 impacts WHHS spring break trips

Information correct as of March 11, 2020

Renata Altuzar

WHHS’ AP Art History trip to Spain was canceled on Friday, March 6 after Cincinnati Public Schools banned all international travel by all district schools due to the threat of COVID-19. 

Before the trip got canceled, Lauren Bernstein and members of her AP Art History class were going to Spain to visit famous art museums and historic sites.  

The trip was originally planned to occur over spring break, and they would be going to various cities in Spain, including Cordoba, Sevilla, Barcelona and Madrid. 

The concerns over COVID-19 grew as the number of cases in Spain and Italy increased, resulting in CPS’ ban on international travel.

Spain released a coronavirus emergency plan to keep the virus’ expansion to a minimum. Schools in Madrid have closed for a two week period to keep it from spreading in elementary schools and high schools.