Ohio State football coach Ryan Day and basketball coach Chris Holtmann both released videos encouraging fans to do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“At times like this we need to come together even more,” Day said of a disease that has caused the cancelation of numerous sporting events, including the Ohio State spring football game next month. “Even though we may be in kind of isolation or quarantine, Buckeye Nation is strong and we’re going to get through this together.”
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He added a thanks to medical professionals working to treat those who are sick.
“Also just as much as we can help those who are vulnerable right now, I think we need to do that,” Day said. “Especially the elderly. I think they need our support, but the health and the wellness of everybody right now is of the utmost importance.
“So please adhere to all the guidelines right now the government has set forth and take this thing very, very seriously, and with that we’re going to get through this thing together.”
While Day had to cut short spring practice after one week of work, Holtmann’s team saw its season come to a close without the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes finished fifth in the Big Ten and were likely to be a No. 4 or 5 seed in the tournament after finishing the season on the upswing.
The coach of the cagers also thanks medical professionals “who are doing everything they can to support those who need it.”
Appearing with his daughter, Nora, he also offered reminders of advice from the medical community to help prevent spread of the disease.
“No. 1, please practice social distancing,” he said. "It’s so important. That includes working from home. I know, it’s hard.
“No. 2, as much as possible, let’s all be mindful of the most vulnerable in the community to this infection. Let’s find ways we can think about and reach out to them.
“No. 3, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and the surfaces around you.
“And lastly a big thanks to all of the healthcare workers in Columbus, in the state of Ohio and around the world. Thanks so much.”
Earlier in the day, the university announced two unrelated people described as “members of the university community” had tested positive for the virus that has led to numerous cancelations and closures across the state and the nation.
Ohio State was on spring break last week when efforts to slow the spread began to be put into place in Ohio and beyond, and it has been extended through Sunday.
Face-to-face classes have been suspended for the remainder of the semester, and virtual instruction is to begin Monday.
The final day of classes is to be April 24 with finals the following week, but commencement has been postponed indefinitely.
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