Powell Statement on Coronavirus

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) has released the following statement amid concerns of the coronavirus:

“I want to take this time to give an update to the people of the 80th Ohio House district on the coronavirus situation. Governor DeWine recently announced that all public, private, and charter schools will close at the end of school on Monday, March 16 until April 3.

Additionally, DeWine originally announced that the Ohio Departments of Health and Veterans Services issued an order limiting the number of visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to one person per resident per day. However, this has changed as DeWine stated today that in the coming days he will issue an order to stop all visitations to nursing homes. Further, another order was issued to ban gatherings of more than 100 people in a single room throughout Ohio.

We must ensure that our public stays informed on this issue, such as following some of these cleanliness tips:

  • Frequently wash and scrub your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds
    • Cough or sneeze into your arm or shoulder; or, use a tissue and wash your hands afterward
    • Clean surfaces and objects that are touched often
    • Make a habit of NOT touching your face
    • And if you or your child is sick, stay home, except to get medical care
  • Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick

I am very appreciative of both our health departments at the state and local levels in their efforts to combat and contain the coronavirus across our state. We all must work together to keep our families, children, and neighbors as educated and healthy as possible during this time.

For more updates and to answer any further questions you may have regarding the coronavirus, I encourage you to visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634. If you have any further concerns, feel free to reach out to my office by emailing Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or calling 614-466-8114.



State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

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