5 things to know today about coronavirus: K-12 schools will be closed longer; 5 more die

It is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today. 

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K-12 schools are now closed at least until May

On Monday afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state would keep schools closed until at least May 1, and that remote learning could continue. He said it made no sense to have students congregating at schools while Ohio was working on slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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Speedway increases wages, pays bonuses

In a time where thousands of businesses have shut their doors and furloughed their workers, Speedway appears to be taking the opposite tactic. The president of the company announced that, for the next month, it is increasing pay for its hourly store associates, maintenance technicians and transport drivers.

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Five more locals die of COVID-19

Five more people have died of the coronavirus outbreak, with newly confirmed deaths in in Montgomery, Miami, Darke and Greene counties. Many more cases of the disease have been confirmed across the Miami Valley, and leaders are urging residents to follow Ohio Department of Health orders, while investigating businesses that have not.

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Cities are pushing back income tax filing deadline

Cities across the Miami Valley are joining the state of Ohio and the federal government to extend the deadline for filing your income taxes to July 15. However, not all have done so, and some already extended the deadline, so if you have not yet filed your city income taxes you should check to see when your deadline is.

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Montgomery County golf courses can be open after all (with some conditions)

After first saying that golf courses needed to close, the Ohio Department of Health seems to have changed its mind on whether or not golf courses count in the “outdoor recreation” exception to the business closure order. However, there are some conditions on that. 

>>Coronavirus: Montgomery County golf courses can be open after all (with conditions)

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