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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Local Businesses Discuss Reopening Economy

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Andy Chow
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine urges critics of the state government's pandemic response to address their anger at him. This comes after protesters showed up outside the home of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

This week, as the state begins a phased reopening, total coronavirus cases in Ohio hit 20,969, including probable cases, as of Tuesday. That's an increase of 495 since Monday. Gov. DeWine joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss the latest numbers and how he is reopening the state.

We are also joined by local business owners to talk about how they're handling the reopening. Core ClayOwner and Brew House Co-Owner Laura Davis discusses her plans to reopen her clay studio and retail space and why she is not ready to reopen her restaurant.

Sew Valley Co-Founder and CEO Rosie Kovacs and Hemmer Design Founder and Creative Director Jessica Hemmer talk about teaming up to produce masks for businesses and non-profits in need.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.