Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:33 PM EST
By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio sports celebrities have joined an effort organized by Gov. Mike DeWine encouraging Ohioans to comply with the statewide order to stay home except for doing essential work or taking care of health and basic needs. The sports figures participating in that messaging campaign include Columbus Blue Jackets player Cam Atkinson, Dayton basketball coach Anthony Grant and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel. Grocery stores, gas stations, banks and other essential businesses remain open. Ohio has reported over 560 confirmed coronavirus cases and eight deaths. The state's health director says idled dorms and hotels could be used as overflow areas if hospital capacity is exceeded.