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Schools Closed; Gatherings Cancelled; Social Distancing Advised

On Thursday, March 12, city and county elected officials, along with key members of the health department, held a press conference to explain how they plan to address the coronavirus threat to the local community and to urge residents to avoid panic yet be cautious in their interaction with others, particularly within large groups.

“It is clear to me that this is very serious and we need to direct the proper amount of attention and preparation to it,” said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz in his opening remarks. “We shall be prepared but not panic, re-act but not over re-act,” he cautioned.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz speaking at Thursday's press conference.

The mayor noted that the action of the NBA and the NCAA to cancel basketball games was a particularly stunning event and indicator of just how seriously the threat of the pandemic was being taken on many levels.

Tina Skeldon Wozniak, president of the Lucas County Board of Commissioners promised that the “city and county will speak with one voice,” while repeating the mayor’s assurances that the goal was “to keep our community as healthy as we can.”

Eric Zgodzinski, commissioner of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, noted that “we have to mentally focus ourselves – how do we calm ourselves.” He advised turning off cell phones each day for a couple of hours, talking to loved ones, staying abreast of developments and avoid inundating the health system.

The key to avoiding contracting COVID-19, the disease that the virus causes, is to focus on social distancing – stop shaking hands and hugging, wash hands frequently, avoid crowds, keep a distance from those who sneeze or cough.

When questioned about school closings, the speakers said they planned to defer to Governor DeWine about that issue.

Within a few hours, the announcement came from Columbus. The governor closed all public and private schools in the state of Ohio for the next three weeks and banned large gatherings. The decisive action from the governor’s office was in stark contrast to the fumbling approach of the federal government.



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Revised: 03/13/20 19:34:11 -0400.

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