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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.

Details On Hamilton County's New Forgivable Business Loan Program

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Commission President Denise Driehaus joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss the county's just-announced program.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with County Commission President Denise Driehaus about a new small business program that uses federal CARES Act dollars to help local businesses who have not yet received federal assistance.  

Small business owners in Hamilton County can apply for and receive a forgivable loan of up to $10,000 per business if they create or keep one full-time job within three months of getting funding. The money could be used for payroll, utilities, rent or additional COVID-19-related safety equipment expenses.

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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.