As a new strain of coronavirus (covid-19) sweeps through the world, stay up-to-date on the latest preparedness plans, school closings, changed polling locations, and more in the Tri-State. 

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With blood drives across the region and country being canceled due to coronavirus, Tri-State blood centers are calling on healthy people to schedule appointments to donate.

Updated at 4:14 p.m. ET

President Trump announced new coronavirus guidelines for at least the next 15 days, including that Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 people.

In a briefing at the White House on Monday, he also urged people to avoid discretionary travel and going out to bars, restaurants and food courts. He recommended that schools close.

The stricter guidelines marked a shift for the president, who has repeatedly stated that the virus is under control.

"Whatever it takes, we're doing," Trump said.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Sara Moore, senior manager of emergency preparedness with the non-profit Health Collaborative about their work responding to health care emergencies in the Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana region.


Hospital, health care systems and their staff have been working around the clock across the country on a variety of coronavirus issues, according to the American Hospital Association.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with the president of the Ohio Nurses Association, Deborah L. Arms, Ph.D., RN about the spread of COVID-19 and concerns about a limited supply of personal protective gear like masks, face shields and gowns that help keep nurses and their patients safe.

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John Cranley says he never thought he'd see bars and restaurants closed for St. Patrick's Day. The Cincinnati mayor says he's a proud Irish-American, but supports the decision in light of the threat of coronavirus. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Sunday ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants in the state until further notice, as a way of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

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At least 20 people are confirmed to have the coronavirus in at least seven Kentucky counties, Governor Andy Beshear announced during a Sunday afternoon press conference, where he also said he, too, has taken a test for COVID-19. At least one of the confirmed patients is not expected to survive, while another patient in Nelson County refused to self-isolate and now has a sheriff’s deputy parked outside their home. 

Gov. Mike DeWine has closed all the state's bars and dine-in restaurants until further notice, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. Restaurants will still be allowed to stay open for carry out and delivery.

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WVXU reporters and its network of member stations are working hard to bring you all the latest information on coronavirus in our region. We will carry presidential and gubernatorial addresses on air and online when possible. 

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Updated 7:14 p.m.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, TriHealth and Mercy Health are enforcing new visitor rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.