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Gov. Mike DeWine: Ohio will keep meal programs with schools closed

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that breakfast and lunch will still be available to students while schools are closed for the next three weeks.

With school set to close for the next three weeks, Ohio will continue to feed its students.

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine that the USDA has approved the state's waiver request to continue breakfast and lunch programs while schools are closed. Per DeWine, schools will be able to provide every child under 18-years-old with “grab and go” meals, ensuring that no child goes hungry while school is out.

DeWine's announcement comes one day after he announced that every K-12 school in Ohio will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Although children aren't as at risk for death due to the coronavirus, the extended break comes as the result of their ability to act as carriers for the virus.

While DeWine previously referred to the school closings as an extended "spring break," he encouraged students to continue learning over the course of the next three weeks.

As of Friday, Ohio has had 13 positive tests of the coronavirus, 50 negative tests and 159 still pending. 

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