DeWine's State of the State address postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, right, speaks during the Ohio State of the State address as Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof looks on at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine's annual State of the State address will be postponed to a later date, according to a press release from the governor's office.

The address, originally scheduled for March 31 in the House Chamber in the Ohio Statehouse, is among many events in the state and nationwide that have been adjusted or canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The new date for the address has not been released at this time. In a statement released Thursday, the address will occur after Ohio's state of emergency has concluded.

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DeWine, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder released this joint statement regarding the postponing:

“Over the past several weeks, Ohio has taken unprecedented steps in response to the global coronavirus crisis -- all aimed at keeping our fellow citizens safe. The world’s leading medical experts recommend the continued practice of “social distancing” to slow the spread of the virus and 'flatten the curve’ to prevent overwhelming our healthcare facilities.

“We have taken steps to ensure that the business of our state is carried out in a safe and careful manner to protect our many public servants, their families, and anyone with whom they come into contact. In keeping with those ongoing goals, we will not bring together the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Governor’s Cabinet, and the entire General Assembly in the same place at the same time for the State of the State Address until a later date, after the State of Emergency has concluded.

“Just yesterday, the General Assembly gave unanimous support for the state’s coronavirus response legislation. The temporary changes made through this legislation will give much-needed relief to Ohio’s businesses and our workforce to support our families and our economy during this difficult time. We will continue to work together throughout this crisis to serve the best interests of every Ohioan. We are in this together, and we will make it through this together.”

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