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The latest on coronavirus in Ohio, where the cases are concentrated and potential financial relief on 3News Now

Plus, approximately 300 personnel from the Ohio National Guard will be activated to support humanitarian efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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3News Now with Stephanie Haney on March 19, 2020

CLEVELAND — As we settle into this "new normal" that includes spending lots of time with ourselves at home, the top headlines for Thursday's 3News Now with Stephanie Haney include the current state of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ohio, where those cases are, and the latest on restrictions and cancellations within the state, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Specifically in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine has now asked all employers to check employee's temperatures before permitting people to come to work.

Looking forward to relief, with many Ohioans concerned over loss of income related to precautions and illnesses associated with coronavirus, the federal government could be sending sizable checks to families across the country, and soon.

Also in Washington, D.C., Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has joined several other Democrats to introduce an emergency student loan payment and relief plan. 

Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Patty Murray are other senators supporting the proposal. 

Now, there’s a surge of Ohioans who have signed an online petition calling for Gov. DeWine to take the action of freezing rent, mortgages and other bills

And for those concerned about the role the government will take in enforcing the restrictions put in place by DeWine, on Wednesday the governor signed a state active duty proclamation that will activate approximately 300 personnel from the Ohio National Guard to support humanitarian efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, the National Guard will support the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks at locations throughout Ohio.

Join Stephanie every weekday, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Facebook Live and YouTube for your latest update on the top headlines on wkyc.com and our wkyc news app.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @_StephanieHaney, and connect with her on Facebook here.

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