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Columbus Business Journal REPORTS:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday new rules to try to stop the spread of coronavirus, including limiting mass gatherings and restricting the number of visitors to people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

"We're in a different chapter of working our way through this," DeWine said. "The essential function of government is to do everything we can to protect people. ... We know it's going to be bad. The question is how bad is it going to be? It is within our hands to determine what that outcome is going to be."

Among the actions DeWine announced: there will be an order forthcoming restricting mass gatherings and nursing home residents will be limited to one guest per day.

That means DeWine's announcement Tuesday - that he was recommending that large events be canceled and that indoor sporting events continue without spectators - will become an order.

DeWine said K-12 schools are remaining open but that at some point, they may have to be closed.

There are now four confirmed positive coronavirus cases in Ohio, along with 24 cases under investigation in Ohio, according to the state. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic earlier on Wednesday. The fourth case meets the definition of community spread, said public health director Amy Acton, and an extensive contact investigation is underway.