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Chief Quinlan, Sheriff Baldwin answer questions regarding law enforcement and coronavirus

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Columbus Polic Chief Tom Quinlan and Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin came together to answer questions about how law enforcement officers are impacted by COVID-19 and the state's stay-at-home order. (City of Columbus)

Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan and Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin came together to answer questions about how law enforcement officers are impacted by COVID-19 and the state's stay-at-home order.

Quinlan said while officers will not pull someone over just to see if they are following the stay-at-home order, they can ask why someone is out if they are pulled over for another reason.

Baldwin said due to the safety of deputies, the sheriff's office is trying to respond to priority calls only. For minor incidents, residents are asked to call in a report or file a report online. When responding to calls at homes, deputies and officers are asking people to come outside the home if they can in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

You can see the complete question and answer session here:

Ohio's stay-at-home order is in effect until at least April 6.

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 867 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio. The state is reporting 15 deaths and 223 hospitalizations.

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