The state now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Due to limited resources the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing.

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The state has opened a call center for anyone who has questions about the potential spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. That number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH that's 1-833-427-5634. State officials say keeping people informed and prepared is vital in handling what they see as an imminent outbreak of the virus.

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The Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus has become the largest mass gathering in the U.S. to be all but cancelled because of coronavirus. The biggest multi-sport event in the world will not allow spectators at competitions and its huge fitness expo has been canceled.

Pam Waugh is the owner of Body Fit Training Facility in Grove City, just south of Columbus, where she's currently training several fitness athletes like 18-year-old Masie Swackhammer.

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Portman Calls for More Coronavirus Testing Kits

Mar 4, 2020
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Senator Rob Portman said states need more testing kits for the coronavirus. He expects lawmakers to approve federal funding upwards of seven billion dollars. He said lawmakers need to band together to prevent the virus from spreading further in America.

“We know that in certain communities this has spread quickly, particularly overseas. So we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. And that means doing the right things to prepare for this.”

Anyone can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly identified coronavirus. But certain populations appear to be more vulnerable to its effects.

Consider the 11 deaths so far in the United States — one in California and the rest in Washington state.

Anxiety thrives on uncertainty.

And, as the coronavirus spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful. "Will it come to my community" or "Am I at risk?'

"We've got national anxiety at the moment, a kind of shared stress, and we are all in a state of extreme uncertainty," says Catherine Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, who studies the role of fear and anxiety in health care.

The Ohio Department of Health is waiting on test results for a new possible case of coronavirus.

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Editor's note, 6:05 p.m., March 16: This story will no longer be updated. Find our new U.S. map of coronavirus cases here.

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After a slow initial roll-out, test kits for the new coronavirus are now becoming more widely available in the United States. That means a big surge in testing is coming — one that will likely cause a significant increase in identified cases of the COVID-19 illness.

Here are some things to know about the tests.

What is the current availability of coronavirus testing?

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A person in Washington state has died of the new coronavirus, President Trump confirmed Saturday. The fatality marks the first reported death from the virus in the United States.

The patient who died was a man in his 50s with underlying medical conditions, according to Washington state health officials.

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Kids, this comic is for you.

It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

Gov. DeWine: Ohio Preparing For 'Emerging Health Threat' Posed By COVID-19

Feb 27, 2020

Updated: 8:07 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

State and local health experts are advising caution rather than panic as the novel coronavirus spreads beyond China.

While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, it’s “an emerging health threat," Gov. Mike DeWine said at a press conference at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday.

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