Last month, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an order closing the state's K-12 schools for a three-week period beginning on March 16 due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As the third of those three weeks gets set to begin, DeWine has extended the state's school closures until at least May 1. DeWine said he'll reevaluate whether or not to reopen schools as May 1 approaches.
The extension of the school closures doesn't come as a surprise, considering statements made by DeWine in recent weeks. Appearing on CNN on March 15, DeWine admitted that Ohio's schools could remain closed through the remainder of the school year.
While DeWine isn't willing to do that just yet, it remains a possibility.
As of Monday, Ohio has had 1,933 confirmed coronavirus cases, 475 of which have resulted in hospitalization, 163 ICU admissions and 39 deaths. On March 23, a stay-at-home order set to last until at least April 6 went into effect.