Thursday, officials from the city of Aurora announced the city will cancel all social and recreational activities at the Walker Building through March 27. City officials are working with the schools regarding activities occurring on school premises.

The decision will not affect voting on March 17 unless the Portage County Board of Election’s plans change.

In addition, all Aurora senior trips and activities are being suspended through March 27, and seniors should contact the parks and recreation department at 330-562-4333 with specific questions. The city also canceled the March 18 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. 

The city’s transportation program will continue, and arrangements are being made to clean the van daily. "High touch" surfaces in city buildings are being cleaned every day.

Senior city staffers have been monitoring daily the status of COVID-19, and met this week to discuss recommendations to help keep the populace healthy. Three cases of the virus have been confirmed in the Cuyahoga County.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine had a press conference and recommended the cancellation of face-to-face college classes and limiting of spectators at sporting events and concerts. On Thursday, DeWine announced all schools, public and private, will be closing to in-school lessons. The first day of the three-week hiatus was set to be March 17.

CDC recommendations for minimizing the spread of communicable diseases include the following:

? Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including when leaving home and returning;

? Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;

? Cover the mouth with a tissue or the inside of an elbow when coughing or sneezing;

? Avoid contact with people who are sick; and

? Those who are are sick should stay home and contact your health care provider.