Coronavirus Update Monday 16th 7p- DeWine Primary Stunner

UPDATE AS OF 7:30P A Franklin County judge Monday night rejected an attempt by Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose to postpone Election Day until June 2. We will monitor the situation if it changes. Refer to the Board of Election website for further information.

This afternoon brought even more restrictions and changes to our normal daily life. There were dueling press conferences by Governor Mike DeWine and President Donald Trump both with some surprises.

Ohio- Governor DeWine called for the primary election scheduled for Tuesday March 17, which includes local issues as well as presidential primary, be postponed until June 20. "Because the authority to shift election day does not reside with the Ohio Secretary of State, this change must be enacted by either a legal order or an act of the state legislature," LaRose's office said in a statement, adding, "If a judge were to order the primary election should not be held on March 17, Secretary LaRose is prepared to recommend moving election day to June 2."

The Ohio secretary of state's office said all voters who have already cast early ballots or voted by mail will still have their ballots count, whether or not the election is delayed. The Lucas County Board of Elections posted a message on their website that the polls would not be open Tuesday, in anticipation of the judge's ruling.

Dr. Amy Acton, state health director, signed an order Monday adding gyms, recreation centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, among others businesses to a list of forced closures that already includes schools, dine-in restaurants, and bars.

The full video of the Governor's press conference is here

Meanwhile President Trump and his Coronavirus Task Force led by VP Pence held an afternoon press conference detailing the latest findings and attempts to curb the virus here in the United States. The President called on citizens to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, steer clear of eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts, and work or attend school from home whenever possible. The president acknowledged that the crisis could last until July or August and even plunge the nation into a recession.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “When you’re dealing with an emerging infectious diseases outbreak, you are always behind where you think you are if you think that today reflects where you really are."

The guidelines are not mandatory. The President's press conference is below

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department announced a drive-thru testing center. Be listening to 1370 WSPD every half hour for news updates on air, online, or on iHeart Radio. You can also hear 1370 WSPD on your home assistant like Google and Amazon.

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