Ohio governor says it's 'absolutely' possible that schools stay closed for rest of year

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio GOP governor comes out against controversial state anti-vaccine bill Overnight Health Care: Biden says US donation of 500 million vaccines will 'supercharge' global virus fight | Moderna asks FDA to clear COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents FDA extends shelf life of J&J vaccine amid concern over expiring doses MORE (R) said Sunday that schools may remain closed through the end of the year as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. 

Ohio is among a handful of states that announced it would be closing schools for a few weeks. 

CNN's "State of the Union" host Brianna Keilar asked DeWine if he anticipates the state may close schools for the rest of the year. 


"Absolutely," DeWine responded. 

"Going by what medical experts are telling us, [the outbreak] may not peak until the latter part of April or May," he added. "We've informed superintendents while we've closed schools for three weeks, odds are we will go on a lot longer." 

DeWine said it will "not surprise" him if schools don't open again this year. 

He noted closing schools isn't the only measure Ohio needs to take in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

"I have learned about talking to the experts, it's not just one thing, [we] have to do a lot of different things and do them early," DeWine said. "And that's what we're trying to do in Ohio."