Coronavirus Update: Governor Says Fall Sports Can Go On & More
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COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 15,415 cases and 431 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 20,855 cases and 574 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 109,923 cases and 3,871 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health, with 89,068 presumed recovered.
Fall Sports Can Go Forward
On Tuesday, Aug. 18 during his coronavirus update press briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced the state would be issuing an order that all sports may go forward this fall, for both non-contact and full-contact.
The governor also noted that after conversations with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, school districts that desire to postpone their fall sports to the spring could do so.
The state will lay out precautions to make sports “as safe as possible” in the official order, which will soon be available online at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
One of the precautions that will be included is the limiting of spectators to family members or individuals very close to the student-athletes.
The governor went on to say the order would be in line with the general guidance given in the last few months.
Columbus City Schools announced last week that it would suspend all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities for the time being, while the Westerville City School District, Dublin City Schools and Reynoldsburg City Schools have all indicated fall sports would go on given guidance from the OHSAA.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.