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AEP Ohio suspends disconnection for non-payment amid coronavirus closures

In a statement, leaders recognized the concern residents have about keeping the lights on and their families healthy.
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OHIO, USA — Leaders with power company AEP Ohio announced Friday they would be temporarily suspending all disconnections for non-payment due to the number of restrictions in the state amid coronavirus concerns.

In a statement, leaders recognized the concern residents have about keeping their lights on and families healthy. 

AEP Ohio is temporarily suspending all disconnections for non-paymen... t as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in our communities. We know our customers are concerned about their families and ensuring they have reliable electric service allows them to focus on staying healthy and well.

Mass gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned in an effort to combat the spread of the virus, leading many events to cancel and businesses to temporarily close.

Additionally, many kids will be home this month as part of Ohio Gov. DeWine's required three-week school closure.

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