Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (Richland Source file photo)

COLUMBUS -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered the state's schools to close for at least three weeks, beginning Monday, due to continuing concerns about coronavirus.

"It's every school in the state," the governor said.

DeWine made the announcement Thursday afternoon. Richland Source is attempting to contact local school superintendents for reaction. 

"Frankly, I have no idea if it will extend beyond that point," DeWine said. "We all have to have the attitude this is a crisis and we have to get the job done.

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"We're going to do the best we can. We knew this day would come. We're there," the governor said.

DeWine asked what message he has for parents who will be scrambling to find daycare for their children when the schools close.

"The message is we understand as much as we can. We have compassion for that. But we have a responsibility to save lives. This is the time to do it," the governor said.

This is a developing news story.