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Ohio's Economy Could Feel Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

Something needs to be done soon to protect businesses

The Shanghai office of Cleveland-based Jergens, Inc. has been eerily silent for about two weeks after government measures there, aimed at curtailing the novel coronaviruscaused commerce in many parts of China to slow.

“Phones don’t ring at your order desk,” said Jack Schron, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the manufacturing company headquartered in the Collinwood neighborhood. “Sales and support staff have been told that they have to work from home. Even if we get orders, we can’t fill them. We don’t have warehouse operations.”

But Schron isn’t alarmed — yet. He is more concerned about the next few weeks.

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